Chris Froome in intensive care after undergoing surgery following Critérium du Dauphiné crash

The four-time Tour de France winner had an operation to repair his multiple fractures

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Chris Froome is in intensive care after undergoing surgery for multiple fractures suffered in a high-speed crash.

The Team Ineos leader fell heavily during a recon of the Critérium du Dauphiné time trial course on stage four, when he took his hand off the bars on a descent and a gust of wind carried him into a wall at 50km/h.

Froome suffered serious injuries in the fall, including a fractured right femur, fractured right elbow and fractured ribs.

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His wife Michelle posted on his Twitter on Wednesday night (June 12) that Froome had gone into surgery, and Team Ineos boss Sir Dave Brailsford later said he had been moved to the intensive care unit after the operation.

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Michelle Froome said: “Chris is in surgery at the moment to repair the multiple fractures, please keep him in your thoughts.

“I hope to be able to share a message from him tomorrow morning.”

Brailsford then told the BBC Radio 5 Live BeSpoke podcast: “He’s in intensive care in Saint Etienne hospital now.

“He’s been operated on to make sure that first phase of medical care is as optimal as possible and we will manage it from there.

“It’s an evolving situation. It is concerning, there is no doubt about that.

“There are crashes and bad crashes and this was a bad crash.”

News of Froome’s crash emerged before the start of stage four of the Dauphiné in Roanne, when Team Ineos announced he had been taken to hospital after the fall.

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Brailsford confirmed shortly after that Froome had suffered a suspected fractured femur and was not expected to recover in time for the Tour de France next month.

Later that evening, Team Ineos confirmed Froome had suffered multiple serious injuries and was due to be airlifted from hospital in Roanne to St Etienne, where he underwent surgery that same evening.

Froome will definitely not be riding the 2019 Tour it has been confirmed by the team.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.