SAINT-ETIENNE – Chris Froome is positive he can get back to his best on a bike despite suffering multiple fractures in a high-speed crash that has ruled him out of the Tour de France.
Froome, 34, was airlifted to hospital in Saint-Etienne for emergency surgery after slamming into a wall at high speed during practice on Wednesday ahead of the fourth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine race in central France.
The force of the impact fractured his pelvis, right femur, hip, right elbow and left him with broken ribs.
Froome will miss out on a chance to win a record-equalling fifth Tour title next month, but after successful surgery, there is hope he could return to cycling in six months.
“Whilst this is a setback and a major one at that, I am focusing on looking forward. There is a long road to recovery ahead, but that recovery starts now, and I am fully focused on returning back to my best,” Froome said in a statement given by Team Ineos.