Froome out of Tour de France after fracturing femur, elbow and ribs in 60km/h crash

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Britain’s four-time champion Chris Froome has been ruled out of the Tour de France after a “very serious” crash.

Team Ineos rider Froome, 34, was taken to hospital with a reported broken pelvis after crashing before stage four of the Criterium du Dauphine on Wednesday.

“He crashed in the downhill section of the course at high speed. He hit a wall,” team principal Dave Brailsford told France Televisions. “It’ll take quite a long time before he races again.”

The incident took place during a practice ride on Wednesday’s 26.1km time-trial course in Roanne, France.

Brailsford said: “The ambulance came quickly. He’s been taken care of and waits for a helicopter to be transferred to Lyon or Saint-Etienne.

“It’s a very serious accident. Clearly, he won’t be at the start of the Tour de France.”

Froome would have been chasing a record-equalling fifth victory in the Tour, which starts in Brussels on 6 July.

More to follow.

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