Breaking News: A gust of wind blows Chris Froome out of the Criterium du Dauphine and Tour de France.

In an unfortunate incident while reviewing the Time Trial course for Criterium du Dauphine, Froome apparently took his hands off the bars to clear his nose on a 60kph descent, and a gust of wind took out his front wheel, according to Team Ineos Principal, Dave Brailsford.

Chris Froome crashes out of Criterium du Dauphine and Tour de France. (Bettini Photo)

The team confirmed that Chris Froome suffered a fractured femur and also fractured his elbow and ribs in the wreck.

“Our primary focus now is obviously on ensuring Chris gets the very best possible care, which he will do, so he can recover as soon as possible,” Brailsford said.

“Even though we all recognise the risks involved in our sport, it’s always traumatic when a rider crashes and sustains serious injuries.”

A femur fracture is notoriously difficult to recover from for professional cyclists, and the timeline for returning to competition can vary wildly.

Source: CyclingNews