Chris Froome, a four-time Tour de France winner, crashed during the opening stage of the Tour de France. The Israel Start-up Nation rider was part of a mass-crash inside the final 10km of the stage into Landerneau.
The crash happened with 7.6km to go in the 197km race from Brest to Landerneau in what was the second major crash of the stage.
There was a touch of wheels that ignited the crash that took down riders near the front of the peloton. Riders were down and bikes were spread across the road.
Froome appeared to be in pain as he sat on the tarmac at the side of the road. Also involved in the crash were Froome’s teammates Andre Greipel, and their GC leader Michael Woods, who finish 8:49 down.
Froome looked to have taken the brunt of the crash as several of his teammates surrounded him while he remained sat on the side of the road.
Froome eventually received help to stand up by race medical staff and got back on his bike and slowly road to the finish line with help from teammates Omer Goldstein, Rick Zabel, and Reto Hollenstein.
He crossed the line in 171st place and 14:37 minutes behind the stage winner Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep).
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