Froome KO’d from Tour de France with shocking injuries after crashing when blowing his nose

CHRIS FROOME suffered his horror KO from the Tour de France when he tried to blow his nose at 40mph just as winds whipped up.

The four-time winner was airlifted to hospital with a broken leg and elbow after losing control and smashing into a wall.

Four-time Tour de France champ and double Olympic bronze medallist Chris Froome was taken to hospital by helicopter after a crash that rules him out of cycling's biggest event this summer
Four-time Tour de France champ Chris Froome went to hospital by helicopter after a crash ruled him out of cycling’s biggest event
Chris Froome has suffered damage to his hip and Team Ineos confirmed he has fractured a femur, an elbow and ribs
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And Team Ineos boss Dave Brailsford blamed freak circumstances for the cycling legend’s “multiple serious injuries” in a warm-up for stage four of France’s Criterium du Dauphine.

Brailsford said: “At the start of the descent, Chris wanted to blow his nose, and at that moment, a sharp gust of wind pushed him against a low wall along the side of the road.

“Chris remained conscious after the crash. Luckily there happened to be an ambulance right there.

“Sometimes we wonder what they’re doing on the side of the road, but we were lucky that help came so fast.”

Froome is out for the season, not just next month’s Tour, after injuries that might even raise questions about if he will return at all.

The 34-year-old fractured his right femur, elbow and ribs.

Brailsford said: “This is very hard for Chris. He was in magnificent condition for a fifth victory in the Tour.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve seen him at this level.”

As a helicopter took Froome away, Team Ineos confirmed he had been “ruled out of the rest of the race and will also miss the 2019 Tour de France“.

Team doctor Richard Usher added: “Chris was taken to Roanne Hospital where initial examinations confirmed multiple injuries.

“We will now turn our focus towards supporting him in his recovery.”

Froome was taken on a stretcher to hospital by ambulance where his accident was described as ‘very serious’ by boss Sir Dave Brailsford
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This helicopter flew in to Roanne, France, to whisk bike legend Chris Froome to hospital
This helicopter flew in to Roanne, France, to whisk Chris Froome to hospital
Froome was recovered by an ambulance from this street in Roanne, France – Brailsford added that it would be ‘quite a long time’ before he races again
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L’Equipe reported his £10,000 Pinarello time-trial bike had damage to its right side.

And Froome’s absence from the Tour de France will be severely felt as he is one of the sport’s top names.

Froome won Le Tour in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

And until his latest injuries he was due to contest stage four of the Dauphine, a 16-mile individual time trial.

The Kenya-born Brit was eighth on general classification, 24 seconds down on leader Dylan Teuns, but tipped to make gains during the time trial.

Before the Dauphine,, Froome trained with his team in Tenerife, using Mt Teide to simulate French mountains.

He had focused his season around the Tour after an incredible Giro d’Italia win last year left him jaded for the biggest race of the year.

Instead, team-mate Geraint Thomas won the three-week race for the first time as Froome was forced to play second fiddle in Team Sky and finished third.

Sky have since had new ownership and a name change and Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s Ineos will also race at the Tour de Suisse, led by Thomas, starting on Saturday.

Froome was riding a time trial bike similar to this Pinarello Bolide, featuring extended aero handlebars
Tour de france winner Geraint Thomas rides at the Tour de Suisse starting this weekend ahead of the Tour de France
Froome had been eighth on general classification going into stage four of the Criterium du Dauphine
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