Froome remains hospitalized in France with multiple injuries

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    Froome remains hospitalized in France with multiple injuries

    FILE – In this Friday, June 7, 2013 file photo, Britain’s Christopher Froome of the Sky Procycling team celebrates with the yellow jersey on the podium after the sixth stage of the 65th Dauphine cycling race between La Lechere and Grenoble, French Alps. Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome will miss this years race after a bad crash in training on Wednesday June 12, 2019. Team INEOS leader Dave Brailsford said Froome sustained a suspected fractured femur in a 60 kph (40 mph) crash. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, File)

    PARIS (AP) — Chris Froome remained hospitalized in France on Thursday after the high-speed crash that left him with multiple fractures and shattered his hopes of going for a record-equaling fifth Tour de France title next month.

    Froome was airlifted to Saint-Etienne hospital in central France and underwent surgery on Wednesday after he hit a wall a 54 kph (34 mph) during a reconnaissance ride before the fourth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine in Roanne

    The Dauphine is a traditional warmup race for the Tour de France.

    Froome broke his right femur, elbow and several ribs. He was in intensive care and underwent surgery for several hours.

    His Ineos Team, which already said the crash ruled him out of the Tour, is expected to give an update on his condition later Thursday.

    Team principal Dave Brailsford told the BBC Froome was on a descent with teammate Wout Poels when he went to blow his nose and a gust of wind took out his front wheel, he lost control, and he hit the wall of a house.

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