Chris Froome urges followers to use Dutch reach after being doored

"It causes us cyclists a lot less pain", says four-time Tour de France winner

Chris Froome
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Chris Froome has urged followers on social media to use the Dutch reach, after he was taken out by a car door on a recent training ride. The incident took place in Monaco near his home, leaving him with "a shredded elbow".

It had been "a lovely Sunday ride", said the four-time Tour de France winner, who rides for Israel-PremierTech. "But 500 metres before I got to my front door, I got doored," he told followers on TikTok, sporting a bandaged arm. "A parked car opened their door right in front of me – I didn't even make it to my brakes. I hit the door, went flying over," he said.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.