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Chris Froome set to miss Tour de France with broken leg

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Team Ineos staff check over Chris Froome's helmet

Team Ineos staff check over Chris Froome's helmet (Image credit: Josh Evans)
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An ambulance car transporting Team Ineos rider Great Britain's Christopher Froome, after he fell on a training run ahead of the fourth stage of the 71st edition of the Criterium du Dauphine cycling race, arrives at the Centre Hospitalier in Roanne on June 12, 2019

An ambulance car transporting Team Ineos rider Great Britain's Christopher Froome, after he fell on a training run ahead of the fourth stage of the 71st edition of the Criterium du Dauphine cycling race, arrives at the Centre Hospitalier in Roanne on June 12, 2019 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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An ambulance car transporting Team Ineos rider Great Britain's Christopher Froome, after he fell on a training run ahead of the fourth stage of the 71st edition of the Criterium du Dauphine cycling race, arrives at the Centre Hospitalier in Roanne on June 12, 2019

An ambulance car transporting Team Ineos rider Great Britain's Christopher Froome, after he fell on a training run ahead of the fourth stage of the 71st edition of the Criterium du Dauphine cycling race, arrives at the Centre Hospitalier in Roanne on June 12, 2019 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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An ambulance car transporting Team Ineos rider Great Britain's Christopher Froome, after he fell on a training run ahead of the fourth stage of the 71st edition of the Criterium du Dauphine cycling race, arrives at the Centre Hospitalier in Roanne on June 12, 2019

An ambulance car transporting Team Ineos rider Great Britain's Christopher Froome, after he fell on a training run ahead of the fourth stage of the 71st edition of the Criterium du Dauphine cycling race, arrives at the Centre Hospitalier in Roanne on June 12, 2019 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Chris Froome (Team Ineos) was airlifted to hospital after crashing during a recon ride of the stage 4 time trial at the Criterium du Dauphine

Chris Froome (Team Ineos) was airlifted to hospital after crashing during a recon ride of the stage 4 time trial at the Criterium du Dauphine (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Chris Froome (Team Ineos) was airlifted to hospital after crashing during a recon ride of the stage 4 time trial at the Criterium du Dauphine

Chris Froome (Team Ineos) was airlifted to hospital after crashing during a recon ride of the stage 4 time trial at the Criterium du Dauphine (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Chris Froome (team Ineos) racing the opening stage at Criterium du Dauphine

Chris Froome (team Ineos) racing the opening stage at Criterium du Dauphine (Image credit: Getty Images)

Chris Froome (Team Ineos) has crashed out of the Criterium du Dauphine, fracturing his femur and so ending his hopes of riding the Tour de France

The British rider fell during the recon of the stage 4 time trial and was airlifted to hospital for treatment. The news was confirmed on Twitter by Team Ineos and by team manager Dave Brailsford. The fall took place towards the end of his late morning recon of the 26.1km stage around Roanne.

Froome came into the stage within touching distance of the yellow jersey and was set to lead Team Ineos at the Tour de France in July. He was using the Dauphine has his final warm up race for the Tour de France. He performed well on stage 2 of the race and made the key selection when the GC riders attacked on the final climb.

This morning he set out along with his Team Ineos teammates for a recon of the stage 4 course. It was meant to be his first and only individual time trial ahead of this year’s Tour de France, where he was looking to win the race for the fifth time in his career.

Froome was using the Criterium du Dauphine as his final warm-up race head of the Tour de France. He performed well on stage 2 of the race and made the key selection when the GC riders attacked on the final climb. This morning he set out alongside his Team Ineos teammates for a recon of the stage 4 course. It was meant to be his first and only individual time trial ahead of this year’s Tour de France, where he was looking to win the race for the fifth time in his career.

On Tuesday Dave Brailsford expressed his wish to back Froome’s quest for a fifth Tour de France title this July. The team won the race in 2018 through Geraint Thomas, who is set to take part in the Tour de Suisse later this month. Brailsford is set to speak officially after today's stage.