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When four time Tour de France winner Chris Froome was relegated from pre-Tour form chasing to intensive care in the blink of an eye, cyclists the world over winced at the announcement of a broken femur.

The Team Ineos rider reportedly crashed into a wall at 54 kilometres per hour when a gust of wind grasped his front wheel and brought him to a dead stop.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.