Chris Froome has successful SIX-HOUR op and now conscious following horror 40mph crash that rules Brit out of Tour de France
CHRIS FROOME underwent a SIX-HOUR operation following his 40mph horror crash.
The British rider will stay in intensive care for the "next couple of days" but he is now conscious and the surgery was described as a success.
Froome, 34, suffered an horrendous crash at the Criterium du Dauphine, fracturing his thigh bone, hip and elbow.
The latest update from his team Ineos was positive.
Doctor Richard Usher said: "First things first, the surgery was a success. 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.
“As he begins his road to recovery, the team will now only be providing further updates at a stage where it is necessary to do so."
The four-time Tour de France, who is expected to release a statement of his own in the coming days, will miss the biggest race of the year with his return to cycling unclear.
Froome took both hands off his £10,000 bike to blow his nose when a huge gust of wind saw him lose control at 40mph.
In a statement, Team Ineos boss Dave Brailsford said: “He had surgery to repair his femur, his hip, his elbow.
“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.
“From our various networks that we have, we try to quality assure what goes on and certainly the feedback we’ve been getting is that the work that’s been done is very, very good and he’s being looked after in an exemplary fashion.
"He’s on to this next phase of being in intensive care.”
Brailsford had earlier blamed freak circumstances for the cycling legend's "multiple serious injuries" in a warm-up for stage four of the French race.
The team boss explained how the crash unfolded, saying: "He came down a technical descent and on to a straighter piece of road with houses either side.
"He took his hand of the bar to (clear his nose) and a gust of wind took his front wheel, he lost control and went straight into the wall of a house.
"We have had a look at his data, he went from 54km/h to a dead stop."
Thankfully medical help was immediately available.
Brailsford said: “Chris remained conscious after the crash. Luckily there happened to be an ambulance right there.
"Sometimes we wonder what they’re doing on the side of the road, but we were lucky that help came so fast.”
Froome is out for the season, not just next month's Tour de France, with injuries that might even raise questions about if he will return at all.
Brailsford added: “This is very hard for Chris. He was in magnificent condition for a fifth victory in the Tour.
"It’s been a long time since I’ve seen him at this level.”
As a helicopter took Froome away, Team Ineos confirmed he had been "ruled out of the rest of the race and will also miss the 2019 Tour de France".
Now, Froome's chief surgeon has revealed the Brit star should be back racing by Christmas.
Remi Philippot claimed: “Chris Froome has the morale of a winner and is very rapidly bouncing back.
"He started asking immediately when he could get back on his bike. He should be back racing in about six months.”
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