Foot injury sustained after a crash on stage 11 of Vuelta a España rules out Chris Froome from continuing in the race

Chris Froome has will not start today’s stage of the Vuelta a España after fracturing a bone in his foot as a result of a crash early on during Wednesday’s stage 11.

Froome crashed into a barrier at the start of the day’s brutal mountain stage, and was forced to chase back to the peloton. Although he continued during the stage he was visibly struggling, dropping out of the lead group and losing over seven minutes to his overall rivals.

The 30-year-old announced via Twitter on Thursday morning that he would not continue in the race, saying “Scans this morning confirm fractured navicular. End of the Vuelta for me.”

The Tour de France champion could barely walk as he was helped off his bike at the finish line in Cortals d’Encamp, and was taken to hospital for x-rays to determine the extent of his injuries.

“Knocked sideways into a barrier and stone wall today. Further scans in the morning but start unlikely as I can’t walk without crutches,” Froome said via Twitter on Wednesday evening.

“Really appreciate all the messages of support, I did my best to hang in there today as best I could with the hope of continuing.”

Team Sky’s doctor Inigo Sarriegui said: “After the stage we did some examinations which revealed he was very tender on his right foot around the navicular area. He had an x-ray which didn’t show up a fracture, but because he still couldn’t weight-bear we proceeded onto an MRI this morning which confirmed there was a fracture.

“Chris will go home today and the next step will be to get a specialist opinion on further treatment.”


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Froome was in 15th place overall, seven minutes and 30 seconds behind overall leader Fabio Aru (Astana) with 10 stages remaining.

Team Sky’s highest-placed rider overall is now Spaniard Mikel Nieve, who sits in eighth place overall, one minute and 58 seconds behind Aru.

More to follow.

  • Ruskiny

    I am new to enjoying watching this sport but this Vuelta does not seems as safe and well managed as the Tour de France. Chris Froome, though is the most impressive sportsman I have seen since Bert Trautman.

  • J1

    He clearly knew he was hurt, otherwise he wouldn’t have lost about 3 days in the GC standings. There was no point in riding the rest of the stage, he wasn’t going to get better and he’d lost all hope of finishing anywhere near the top.

    I’m aware riders carry on with injuries, sometimes when they shouldn’t, Contador in the 2014 Tour rode 20km with a broken tibia.

    I didn’t say every time that someone has a scratch they should abandon a race, but when they’re exacerbating the injury, then that’s just idiotic.

    Froome has pulled out now anyway, probably then with more damage than he would’ve had. Also, he’s had a detrimental effect on the other Sky men’s chances as they hung around for him.

  • poisonjunction

    Check the internet for more info re the Navicular bone, it is crucial in foot movement. This could be very serious, I doubt it’s a ‘collar bone type fracture and back after 6 weeks’ as he could be totally off his bike until it heals. So will he ride competitively again this season?
    Not wishing to be overly morbid, but looking further ahead, dependant on which area of the bone is damaged and how it heals, it sadly could even end his career!
    And NO you don’t just ‘walk’ away in the middle of a competition just because ‘something’ hurts[unless it’s truly unbearable], it’s not part of any athletes psyche.
    Chris say he was ‘knocked’ into the obstruction, albeit the result of the ‘rough and tumble’ of peleton riding, IF the one responsible has a conscience, doubtless they will have sleepless nights.

    The ‘incident’ also begs the question, why wasn’t the ‘obstruction’ baled?

  • RobTM

    Endorphins and racing adrenaline. You can’t stop just because it hurts, after every crash. G finished TdF with a pelvis fracture couple years back

  • J1

    Why did he bother to carry on and risk further injury, cyclists are too macho sometimes. He needs to think of the Worlds.

  • RobTM

    Froomey was tweeting about this, at around midnight, mentioned scans in morning