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Team Ineos confirm Froome's surgery a success, surgeon predicts six-month recovery

Froome's was a success and rider is already recovering well, according to Ineos team doctor

Joe Robinson
13 Jun 2019

Team Ineos have confirmed Chris Froome's surgery while separate reports suggest he could be back on his bike within six months following his high-speed crash at the Criterium du Dauphine.

Team doctor Richard Usher released a statement on Thursday afternoon stating that Froome's surgery at the St Etienne Hospital has been a success and that specialists were happy with his progress.

'First things first, the surgery was a success. The operation, which lasted for six hours, went very well,' said Usher.

'Chris woke up this morning and was reviewed by the intensive care consultants and the orthopaedic specialist who operated on him and they’re both very happy with his progress to date.

Froome suffered a fractured right femur, fractured elbow and fractured ribs after hitting a wall at 55kmh after losing control of his bike while riding a recon of the Stage 4 time trial in Roanne.

It has been established that Froome had moved his hands to clear his nose during a descent when a gust of wind caught his wheel while he has his hands from the bars.

Usher continues by saying that the 34-year-old is to be kept in hospital for the next few days but has already began conversations regarding his recovery and return to racing.

'Chris will remain in hospital for the next few days for observation, but he is already actively engaging in discussing his rehabilitation options, which is very encouraging,' said Usher.

'As he begins his road to recovery, the team will now only be providing further updates at a stage where it is necessary to do so.'

Talking after the surgery, chief surgeon Remi Philppot said Froome was lucky to experience no head trauma, but that despite such a heavy crash could be racing his bike within six months.

'The operation was long, almost four hours, but it went very, very well,' said Philppot adding 'the impact was at around 50 km/h, with very little body protection, causing a high-energy impact.'

'Chris Froome has the morale of a winner and is very rapidly bouncing back. He started asking immediately when he could get back on his bike. He should be back racing in about six months.'

The six months time frame is optimistic considering such injuries have ended the careers of riders in the past and means that Froome can continue his pursuit of a fifth Tour de France title.

Although, that dream will remain on hold for 2019 as Team Ineos will be forced to reassess their Tour approach with sole leadership duties set to be handed to defending champion Geraint Thomas.