Froome crashes, out of key Tour de France prep race


    ROANNE, France (AP) — Chris Froome has crashed in training and is out of the main preparation race for the Tour de France.

    Team INEOS says on Twitter that the four-time Tour champion is ”currently on his way to a local hospital and won’t start today’s fourth stage” of the Criterium du Dauphine in France.

    The time-trial stage was a key target for Froome during the eight-day Dauphine race. He took the Dauphine title in three of his four Tour-winning years.

    The 26-kilometer (16-mile) stage would have been the British rider’s first time-trial test this season.

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

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