British cyclist Adam Yates took the lead of the Critérium du Dauphiné on Wednesday as compatriot Chris Froome was forced to withdraw from the event with a suspected broken leg.
The stage four time-trial was won by Team Jumbo-Visma’s Wout Van Aert but Yates did enough to take the yellow jersey and move into the overall lead.
The Mitchelton-SCOTT rider has a four-second lead over Dylan Teuns heading into Thursday’s fifth stage.
But it was the news of Froome’s injury that dominated the day as he was taken to hospital following a crash before the start of Tuesday’s stage and will miss the Tour de France next month.
Team Ineos confirmed in a statement that the four-time Tour winner had come off his bike during a reconnaissance of the day’s ride and had withdrawn from the race.
And a spokesperson confirmed to Press Association Sport that he had suffered a suspected broken femur and was out of the Tour.
The Critérium du Dauphiné continues on Thursday with the 201km run from Boën-sur-Lignon to Voiron and concludes on Sunday in Champéry.