Brailsford backs Froome to come back after horror crash
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[June 17, 2019]
(Reuters) - Team Ineos manager
Dave Brailsford expects four times Tour de France champion Chris
Froome to return to elite cycling after last week's horror crash at
the Criterium du Dauphine.
Froome sustained multiple fractures including broken femur, elbow
and rib bones in a high speed crash and was airlifted to hospital
where he underwent surgery.
The 34-year-old Briton has been ruled out of this year's Tour de
France but Brailsford does not think he will retire from the sport.
"It's quite difficult to see that, if I'm being honest with you,"
Brailsford told BBC 5 Live's Sportsweek. "I think he will try and
"Who knows how this will impact on him, but I don't think it will be
the case where he'll just say 'right, I'm satisfied now. I'll hang
up my wheels and call it a day'.
"I think he's more likely to really work hard in rehab and push
himself really hard. He'll take the same approach to that I'm sure
as he does to his sport. If I was a betting man I'd say yes we'll
seem him back at some point in the future."
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Cyclist Chris Froome attends the launching of Team Ineos with the
team's general manager Dave Brailsford in Linton, Yorkshire, Britain
May 1, 2019. REUTERS/Martyn Herman
Brailsford said he expected the crash to prompt a review of rider
safety by cycling's authorities.
"When something like that does happen, when it's quite traumatic,
then it's a human reaction I think, so it would be no surprise at
all," he said.
(Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru;Editing by Peter
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