Froome, a six-time Grand Tour champion, was taken to a local hospital in following the incident prior to Wednesday's time trial in Roanne, Team Ineos announced. He hit a wall. Riders don't usually win three-week Tours in their mid-30's and since Froome has already won all three of them, France, Italy and Spain, this could well signal the end of a fabulous career of stage-race riding.
Team Ineos principal Dave Brailsford told Cycling News: "It sounds like he was at the foot of the descent, and it's obviously very gusty today, and he took his hands off the bars to blow his nose and the wind has taken his front wheel".More news: Boris Johnson launches United Kingdom leadership bid
A message posted to Froome's official Twitter account Wednesday afternoon, apparently by his wife Michelle, said the cyclist was in surgery to fix "multiple fractures".
Ineos principal Dave Brailsford confirmed to French television that the four-time victor will not start the Tour next month following a harrowing, high-speed crash during a training ride ahead of the fourth stage at the Critérium du Dauphiné. He has also suffered fractured ribs. "It'll take quite a long time before he races again", Brailsford said.
Details of the crash and the extent of Froome's injuries remain unconfirmed.More news: Saudi Arabia, Russia work to prevent oil prices dip: minister
"One of our big strengths on this team is coming together in hard moments, and we will ensure we do everything possible to support Chris and his family".
The British rider fell during the recon of the stage 4 time trial and was airlifted to hospital for treatment.
"We're going to do all we can to support Chris in his bid to win a fifth Tour, to cement his place in history and join the exclusive club of five-time winners". His teammate, Geraint Thomas, won.More news: Horrifying footage shows helicopter moments before it crashes into NYC skyscraper
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.