Froome out of Tour de France after training crash

Cycling

ROANNE, France — Chris Froome will miss this year’s Tour de France after a bad crash in training.

Team INEOS leader Dave Brailsford said the four-time champion suffered a suspected fractured femur in a crash at 40 mph.

Brailsford says Froome was being airlifted to a hospital.

Froome was practicing on the route of the 26-kilometer fourth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine race in France, which would have been the British rider’s first time-trial test this season.

Brailsford says Froome was riding in gusty winds and seemed to lose control of his front wheel when trying to clear his nose.

Froome was eighth in the Dauphine standings, 24 seconds behind leader Dylan Teuns of Belgium.

Froome, 34, would have been trying for a fifth victory in the Tour de France, which starts in Brussels on July 6.

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