Britain’s four-times Tour de France winner Chris Froome will not start next month’s race after sustaining a “bad fracture” following a heavy crash in the Criterium du Dauphine.

Chris Froome.

Froome, 34, was taken to a local hospital after hitting a wall at high speed during a course reconnaissance of the 26.1 km individual time trial around Roanne in central France, with Brailsford suspecting he might have broken his thigh bone.

Six-times Grand Tour winner Froome was competing in the Criterium du Dauphine to prepare for the Tour de France, which begins on July 6.

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