Will Chris Froome compete in the Tour de France 2019? What injury did he suffer?

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Four-time champion Froome suffered a horror crash in June

Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome will miss this year’s edition of the famous race with injury after suffering the worst crash of his career.

Froome was competing in stage four of the Criterium du Dauphine in early June when he took his hands of his handlebars to blow his nose while travelling at roughly 40mph.

Chris Froome will miss the Tour de France this summer

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Chris Froome will miss the Tour de France this summer

A gust of wind caught his front wheel and sent him careering into a nearby house.

He had to be airlifted to St Etienne University Hospital for surgery where it was confirmed he had broken his femur, elbow and several ribs.

Froome will now be out of action for at least six months, ruling him out of the 2019 Tour de France which starts on Saturday.

But the 34-year-old cycling superstar Froome vowed to return stronger in the near future.

From his hospital bed, he compared himself to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator, posting a GIF of Arnie’s iconic ‘I’ll be back’ line.

And Team Ineos chief Dave Brailsford is also confident Froome will make an elite-level comeback as soon as possible.

He said: “I think he will try and get back.

“Who knows how this will impact on him, but I don’t think it will be the case where he’ll just say ‘right, I’m satisfied now. I’ll hang up my wheels and call it a day’.

“I think he’s more likely to really work hard in rehab and push himself really hard.



“He’ll take the same approach to that I’m sure as he does to his sport. If I was a betting man I’d say yes we’ll see him back at some point in the future.”

The Tour de France gets under way this weekend ahead of 23 days of gruelling action.

Without Froome, reigning champion Geraint Thomas will lead Team Ineos in the 21 stages starting in Bruxelles, Belgium and culminating at the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Sunday 28 July.

Chris Froome has four Tour de France titles

Chris Froome has four Tour de France titles

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