Froome's crash was barely picked up television cameras, but was captured in full details by a handlebar-mounted camera mounted on the bike of Lotto-Soudal rider Jasper De Busyt.
De Buyst was riding directly behind Froome as he rode along the right-hand side of the road with five kilometres of the road, before the road unexpectedly turned left.
Unfortunately for Froome, as the road swung left the peloton moved right, and the Brit found himself with nowhere to go as he brushed shoulders with Katusha-Alpecin rider Rick Zabel.
From there Froome had no option but to crash into the ditch, and was actually quite lucky to avoid a bollard on the outside of the bend.
The footage shows Froome falling over the handlebars and onto his right side into the ditch before De Buyst, who managed to stay upright, calls his name to check he is unharmed.
Froome is then quickly back onto his feet and remounting his bike, finding himself struggling to get up to speed in the middle of the road as a group of chasing riders fan around him at high speed.
Thankfully Froome only suffered a few scrapes and bruises in the crash, but did concede 51 seconds to the front of the race, coming home in a group that also included Richie Porte and Adam Yates who were caught behind an earlier crash.
Having suffered only minor injuries, Froome will be well enough to start Sunday's second stage from Mouilleron-Saint-Germain to La Roche-sur-Yon, before the crucial team time trial around Cholet on Monday.
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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
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