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Chris Froome's recovery 'ahead of schedule', states Dave Brailsford

Joe Robinson
29 Jul 2019

Injured rider now pedalling with both legs a month after Dauphine crash

Chris Froome's recovery from multiple career-threatening injuries sustained during a recon ride at the Criterium du Dauphine is ahead of schedule, according to Team Ineos manager Dave Brailsford.

Brailsford confirmed to the BBC at the Tour de France that Froome was recovering well from his injuries and was looking ahead to racing next year's Tour.

Talking to Sportsweek, Brailsford referred to a clip on social media of Froome riding on a turbo trainer saying, 'He's managed to turn a pedal now with his other leg.

'He's well ahead of where he was hoping to be. In typical Chris Froome fashion, he's putting everything into his recovery. Hopefully, we'll see him back at the Tour de France next year.'

It was reported that a high-speed crash during a recon of the Criterium du Dauphine's Stage 4 time trial in Roanne left the 34-year-old with multiple severe injuries which included fractures to his hip, femur, elbow and neck.

Froome underwent hours of surgery in Roanne before being transported to a hospital in Nice and then finally back to his home in Monaco.

The crash meant that Team Ineos had to rethink their approach to the Tour de France with the four-time champion no longer on the startline.

Froome's absence may have crippled the aspiration of other teams targetting General Classification but not Team Ineos who were likely helped in a way.

The British WorldTour team still managed to finish in Paris with first and second on GC, guiding Egan Bernal to his first Tour title while also seeing defending champion Geraint Thomas finish second.

While Bernal celebrated his victory in Paris, Froome managed to take a moment from his recovery to congratulate his young teammate on his first yellow jersey win.

Froome took to Twitter to write: