The four-time Tour de France champion, 34, had a six-hour operation, which has been described as a “success”
Following a high-speed crash Chris Froome was taken to hospital where he underwent surgery. It has since been reported that the four-time Tour de France champion is expected to remain in intensive care for the next two or three days. There is no timeframe for when he will begin rehabilitation.
Froome came off his bike and hit a wall at 37mph on Wednesday while examining a time trial stage route in the Critérium de Dauphiné. The Team Ineos rider sustained multiple fractures, including a broken femur, elbow and several ribs. He required extensive surgery overnight in a hospital in St Etienne.
“First things first, the surgery was a success,” the Team Ineos doctor, Richard Usher, said on Thursday afternoon. “The operation, which lasted for six hours, went very well
“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. 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.”
The Team Ineos manager, Dave Brailsford, also spoke to reporters before the fifth stage of the Dauphiné on Thursday. “He had surgery to repair his femur, his hip, his elbow,” he said. “He’s got broken ribs, a little bit of internal damage as well, so he’s staying in intensive care for the next couple of days and then we’ll go from there.
“He’s being very well looked after. Our doctor is with him now and [Froome’s wife] Michelle is with him. We’ll keep monitoring the situation and see how it develops.”
Brailsford added that it was too soon to talk about rehabilitation or a timescale for Froome’s return to the sport. “First things first,” he said. “For now, let’s just concentrate on today and getting him through today, and then tomorrow etc and see how this situation develops from there. The first thing in all these situations is to get that first stabilisation, that first phase of medical surgery done really and then go into the recovery process.”