Champion Chris Froome pulls out of Tour De France

Cordon Press

Defending champion Chris Froome has pulled out of the Tour De France at stage five after falling twice due to the wet conditions.

The British cycling star kept going after his first fall but then he was forced to quit after going down a second time with 66km of the stage to go. Froome tried to get back on his bike after the second fall but struggled and appeared badly hurt before talking with the team doctor Alan Farrell and getting into the team car.

His team then quickly tweeted, “Team Sky rider and defending champion Chris Froome out of Tour de France after a crash on the fifth stage.”


The Team Sky rider was cleared to race after previously falling on Tuesday. He was allowed to keep racing following an x-ray after damaging his wrist and grazing his hip.

Another British rider, Mark Cavendish had already pulled out of the tour after dislocating his shoulder.

This comes before the first cobbled stage of the race that many cycling pundits are predicting will give the riders a lot of problems. After all, the stage is known as “Hell of the North” and the wet weather will make things even trickier.


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