A training accident ends all dreams of a fifth Tour win: Chris Froome will not start in the Tour de France in 2019. A moment’s inattention costs him his highlight of the Season – and Team-Ineos need to reschedule.
Within hours, the strategy of the multi-million dollar British racing team, Ineos, the former team Sky announced in may, has been thrown on the pile. “We will do everything to support Chris Froome, so he can get his fifth Tour victory and his place in the history of Cycling can cement,” said team Manager Dave Brailsford on Tuesday on the outskirts of the French tour Critérium du Dauphiné. He had determined, after months of speculation whether the team relies on four-times winner Chris Froome, or last year’s winner Geraint Thomas, only just. A day later, the Plan has burst: In the case of a serious training accident Chris hurt Froome so hard that a Start-up at this year’s Tour de France is impossible for him.
In the case of the track inspection overthrown
“It is clear that he will not start in the Tour,” said Ineos team boss Brailsford the TV channel France 3 to Froomes accident. The 34-year-old Briton crashed in Training before the fourth stage of the Dauphiné-tour and broke according to media reports, the thigh.
Froome is the dominant driver of this decade. He won the Tour de France in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017. In 2014, he had to give up after a fall, 2018, he was dethroned by his team-mate Geraint Thomas after he was flown weakened by his victory at the Giro d’italia, to the Tour.
In the previous year, Froome (R) was forced to resign and Thomas (3.v.r.) support – now he is missing in the Tour Team
The crash, which occurred three and a half weeks before the Start of the tour de France in Roanne on a sightseeing tour before the individual time trial of about 26.1 km. According to Brailsford Froome was caught on the training journey of a gust of wind and a wall down. In his fall, Froome should be around 60 km/h. It is part of the normal flow in the program, the professionals, to travel along the driving route ahead of time to key points to memorize. For Froome the morning “Recon ride” ended in the hospital. There the Doctors made the bad diagnosis. Brailsford spoke of a “serious accident”. The Dauphiné should be for Froome, the last preparatory race for this year’s Big loop (6. July) to be. After three stages, the former Vuelta- (2017) and the Giro-winner (2018) in the overall standings to eighth place.
Now Geraint Thomas ran may probably
Concern and compassion, the messages sent to Fans and colleagues in the direction of Chris Froome were. As Tour Director Christian Prudhomme spoke to the French news Agency AFP from a loss for his race: “We hope that he quickly better. Chris was a Central figure of the Tour since 2013.”
Team Ineos, which dominates with a Budget of almost 40 million euros, the scene in the tours, you must now reschedule: Instead of Froome, the British team is threatened now but for the last year’s winner Geraint Thomas to ride, the descent to the second member. Behind Thomas, the next victory is with the Colombians Egan Bernal also contenders in the all-star ensemble cast Ineos of Europe. The 22-Year-old is regarded as the biggest Talent of his sport, and was actually provided as a favourite for the Giro d’italia last may. However, he retired with a training crash just before the Start of the tour of Italy. His broken collarbone is now healed, and Bernal is now one of the most important helpers in the case of Ineos, however, for Thomas and not for Froome.