New scans reveal fracture in Chris Froome's neck
Jun 15 2019 10:32 pm CET

New scans reveal fracture in Chris Froome's neck
New scans reveal fracture in Chris Froome's neck
Photo of Chris Froome by Team Ineos

Days after his horror crash in the Criterium du Dauphine it has been revealed that the Chris Froome has also suffered a fracture in his neck. The rider of Team Ineos also took a moment to thank the support he has received in these difficult times.

Froome crashed just before the fourth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine during a recon ride of the day's individual time trial. The rider lost consciousness and was taken to the Roanne hospital and then flown to the St Etienne University Hospital, where he will have to remain for a few more weeks.

The British broadcaster BBC has also unveiled that further scans have revealed a fracture in the neck of the rider.

"Firstly, I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has sent their best wishes to me since the crash," wrote Froome. "This is obviously a tough time but I have taken a lot of strength from the support over the last three days. The outpouring of support has been really humbling and something I would never have expected.

"I’d also like to extend my gratitude to the team, especially Doctor Richard Usher and his medical staff, who have been exemplary since the crash. In addition, I am so thankful to the emergency services and everyone at Roanne Hospital who assisted and stabilised me, as well as the surgeons, doctors and nurses at the University Hospital of St Etienne, who have really gone above and beyond the call of duty, for which I am ever so grateful. I know how lucky I am to be here today and how much I owe to all the paramedics and medical staff on the race."

It is still unknown the time that will be needed for the rider to come back to competition and for now he will remain in the hospital, after undergoing surgery in his fractures (Read more: Team Ineos: Chris Froome suffers femur, elbow and ribs fractures in Dauphine crash). "Whilst this is a setback and a major one at that, I am focusing on looking forward. There is a long road to recovery ahead, but that recovery starts now and I am fully focused on returning back to my best.

"Finally, I want to thank my wife Michelle and my family. They’ve been with me every step of the way and their love and support will motivate me to return as quickly as possible."




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