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Tour champ injured wrist in crash today - and cobbles await tomorrow

An x-ray suggests that Team Sky's Chris Froome did not fracture his wrist during today's Stage 4 of the Tour de France, although the race doctor Florence Pommerie has said the defending champion may need to undergo further tests.

Wrist fractures can take some time to become evident on x-rays, and Dr Pommerie said that just because none was apparent today, that does not mean Froome can be given the all-clear just yet, and he may need another one after tomorrow's stage.

The 29-year-old crashed heavily just 5 kilometres into today's stage from Le Touquet to Lille following a touch of wheels.

His left wrist was put in a splint and it was confirmed this evening he had suffered at least a contusion to it. He also sustained abrasions to his left knee and hip and his left elbow as well as a minor cut to his right hand.

With tomorrow's Stage 5 from Ypres to Arenberg-Porte du Hainaut heading over nine sections of cobbles used in Paris-Roubaix, with 14.5km of pavė in total, the worry for Team Sky and its fans will be whether Froome risks exacerbating his wrist injury due to the vibrations coming up from the uneven surface.

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Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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banzicyclist2 [299 posts] 1 year ago
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It took a week for a hair line fracture of my left wrist to be evident on an x-ray. I spend a week doing exercises to loosen the stiffness... which really hurt.

The doctor showed both x-rays one on the day of the crash... no evidence of a crack in the bone at all, one week later there was a distinct white line across the end near my wrist joint.

I got the "potting shed" in A&E to make the pot so it fit my brake hood..... wife was disgusted  4 But I still managed to ride to and from work.

I really hope his wrist is not broken, can't imagin what riding over cobbles would be like with a sprained wrist  2 OUCH! Springs to mind.

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TheDoctor [176 posts] 1 year ago
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This will be his excuse for another raft of tue applications

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chiv30 [986 posts] 1 year ago
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TheDoctor wrote:

This will be his excuse for another raft of tue applications

Which would be entirely justified .... again  37

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themartincox [493 posts] 1 year ago
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Wonder what the smugness levels are like in the Wiggins household...

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AWPeleton [3277 posts] 1 year ago
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themartincox wrote:

Wonder what the smugness levels are like in the Wiggins household...

Probably non existent.

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daddyELVIS [655 posts] 1 year ago
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I thought the peloton could have knocked the pace off a little bit more than they did when he was riding to get back on.

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AWPeleton [3277 posts] 1 year ago
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daddyELVIS wrote:

I thought the peloton could have knocked the pace off a little bit more than they did when he was riding to get back on.

Wow, is that you supporting Froome and Sky  3

Your right though, considering it was so early in the stage they could have sat up a bit more. Perhaps though it shows how other teams feel about Sky ?????

EDIT: or should i say how other teams fear Sky and Froome ????

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daddyELVIS [655 posts] 1 year ago
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stumps wrote:

Wow, is that you supporting Froome and Sky  3

haha, you know I'm all about fairness. I think Froome is well liked in the peloton, so probably more about fear, although not so sure how well liked Sky are in general.

Great Tour so far, can't wait to see today's stage later tonight - rooting for Sagan today!

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700c [860 posts] 1 year ago
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daddyELVIS wrote:

I thought the peloton could have knocked the pace off a little bit more than they did when he was riding to get back on.

Don't see why, he's not in yellow and it was always going to be a sprint rather than a GC stage

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notfastenough [3673 posts] 1 year ago
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If the combination of his wrist and the cobbles forces him to retire or lose time or whatever, it's going to look rather embarassing to Sky to have no plan B - especially given the irony of how well Wiggo did in Paris-Roubaix this year.

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antonio [1119 posts] 1 year ago
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Proof! A double barrel shotgun is better than a single one.