Froome to have X-ray on wrist after Tour crash

Tue Jul 8, 2014 1:02pm EDT
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By Julien Pretot

LILLE France (Reuters) - Defending Tour de France champion Chris Froome will have his wrist X-rayed after crashing heavily during Tuesday's fourth stage, Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford said.

"He felt well in the finale but we are taking him for an X-ray just to check his wrist," Brailsford told reporters, adding that updates would be posted on the team website.

Froome also sustained bruises but Team Sky sports director Nicolas Portal, who talked to the British rider during the stage, said he was OK.

Froome fell off his bike five kilometres into the 163.5-km ride from Le Touquet but quickly got back after bruising his left hip, shoulder, knee and elbow.

"It's alright, it's alright. We got really scared because it was a heavy fall but he seems to be OK. He says it's OK," said Portal.

Froome, fifth overall and two seconds behind Italian Vincenzo Nibali, crashed on the same side during last month's Criterium du Dauphine.

After Tuesday's incident, he received treatment from race doctor Florence Pommerie and was being helped back into the peloton by his Sky team mates.

"He's got bruises on his left side. He must be hurting a little," said Pommerie.   Continued...

Sky Procycling's Chris Froome of Britain celebrates after taking the overall lead after the tenth stage of the Tour of Spain "La Vuelta" cycling race in Salamanca August 29, 2011. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal