LE TOUQUET, France, July 08, 2014 – Reigning champion Chris Froome
suffered an early crash on Thursday’s fourth stage of the Tour de France but
was able to carry on.
The 29-year-old Briton was knocked over after two riders touched in the
peloton and one swerved into him.
Television pictures then showed the Team Sky leader with ripped shorts,
grazes on his elbow and leg down the left side, while he was seen grabbing his
left wrist after he got up.
He dropped back to the medical car for treatment.
Race doctor Florence Pommerie told France Televisions that the champion’s
wounds were superficial.
“They’re essentially a few scratches, but that’s got to hurt nevertheless.
He also hurt his wrist, but we’ll have to wait and see how it goes,” he said.
Froome’s left thigh was strapped up and he was given a bandage for his
right hand, while he was later seen flexing his left hand as well.
The crash took down several other riders, including Dutch outsider for the
overall victory Bauke Mollema of Belkin.
Last month Froome also fell on his left-hand side at the Criterium du
He had been leading that race until the sixth stage crash.
He lost the lead to Alberto Contador the very next day and then cracked on
the eighth and final stage, finishing more than five minutes behind the winner
and dropping to 11th in the overall standings behind American champion Andrew
It’s been a tricky year for Froome who also suffered a lower back problem
earlier in the year that forced him out of March’s Tirreno-Adriatico race
while illness kept him out of the Liege-Bastogne-Liege Ardennes Classic in