Chris Froome is facing an enforced period of time off the bike after he received confirmation that he had suffered two fractures during his short-lived Tour de France.
The defending champion fell on stage four and hurt his wrist. He went for x-rays afterwards and while nothing showed up on the initial scan, the Tour de France’s doctor said that it was still possible a small fracture could have occurred.
He lined out on stage five but crashed twice in the wet conditions. He pulled out of the race and said afterwards that he was unable to grip his handlebars properly due to his fall the previous day.
The Team Sky rider returned home to Monaco and underwent further examinations. He gave the results of those checks over Twitter today, confirming that the injuries were worse than initially thought.
“MRIs done, confirmed fractures to the left wrist & right hand. Time for some R&R…” he tweeted.
The confirmation came after he said on his team’s website that he was very disappointed not to be able to defend his title.
“I’m devastated to have to pull out of the race,” he stated yesterday. “It was the right thing to do after crashing again and I knew that I couldn’t carry on.
“I’m going to fly home tonight and over the next few days I will go for some more scans on my wrist to find out exactly what injuries I have sustained.
“It’s too early to say for definite when I will be back on the bike. I’m just going to concentrate on getting back to full fitness.”
Team principal Dave Brailsford told CyclingTips earlier today that the team would await the result of the medical examinations before thinking about what the rider’s programme might be.
It is unclear if the injuries threaten his participation in races such as the Vuelta a España or the world road race championships.