Fractures in left wrist and right hand for Chris Froome

Tests in Monaco reveal extent of damage to Team Sky rider after he crashed out of Tour de France

by Simon_MacMichael   July 12, 2014  

05 Chris Froome at the TDF 2013 launch © Simon MacMichael

Team Sky have confirmed that Chris Froome sustained fractures to his left wrist and right hand prior to abandoning the Tour de France on Wednesday’s Stage 5 of the race.

Froome, who had injured his hand after crashing early on in the previous day’s Stage 4, fell twice on wet roads on Wednesday and withdrew from the race with 70 kilometres still to ride.

He flew home to Monaco that evening, and Team Sky say they have been working with the Monaco Institute of Sport to fully diagnose the extent of his injuries.

Team doctor Alan Farrell told TeamSky.com: “We made it a matter of priority for Chris to have a thorough investigation into the injuries he sustained as initial scans from the race doctor on stage four couldn’t confirm any fractures.

“Under our instruction, Chris was examined by a specialist at the Monaco Institute of Sport. The process involved MRI scans which have shown today that Chris suffered a small fracture to one of the bones in his left wrist.

“The investigations also revealed a small fracture to a bone in Chris’s right hand, which hadn’t caused him any undue pain over the two stages.

“The fact Chris hadn’t felt discomfort in his right hand shows how tough he is, and the pain threshold he has. Chris has been incredibly brave throughout this whole process and clearly did not take the decision to withdraw from the Tour de France lightly.

“Thankfully, his injuries won’t be keeping him off the bike for too long and we expect him to return to training in the next few weeks.”

It’s too soon to say when Froome might return to racing, although there have been suggestions that having left the Tour early, he may target the Vuelta which starts six weeks today.

Froome was runner-up to Juan Jose Cobo in 2011, with Sir Bradley Wiggins third, the latter opting to ride the Spanish race after crashing out of the Tour de France in the opening week with a broken collarbone and finishing third.

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I'll be interested to see which bones he broke (to see if he copied mine).

“The fact Chris hadn’t felt discomfort in his right hand shows how tough he is, and the pain threshold he has." This is PR tosh though... there are very few nerve endings in the middle of the hand, so depending on which bones it was, you get restricted movement/grip but you don't feel any pain until the swelling starts to build up, on the second or third day. By which time he'd already fallen off twice more, because of... restricted grip.

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posted by Gizmo_ [809 posts]
12th July 2014 - 13:46

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WoW. What a Guy!!!!

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posted by Das [39 posts]
12th July 2014 - 17:36

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Born in Kenya and lives in Monaco? Someone remind me why this guy is labelled a British cyclist?

posted by midschool [21 posts]
13th July 2014 - 10:31

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Because he's a British citizen perhaps? Would you stop being British if you retired to France or went to work in Germany? If your parents gave birth to you whilst on holiday abroad, should that prevent you from being a British citizen? Froome is a British because he, like his dad, has British citizenship.

posted by steve_c [3 posts]
13th July 2014 - 11:44

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Froome has two British parents, unlike a certain other Tour de France winner, also born abroad; you might question which is more "British" based on aspects such as where they were brought up and where they live now, but legally, in terms of citizenship, they have exactly the same status.

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7999 posts]
13th July 2014 - 11:48

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I wish living abroad did waive any British citizenship, we'd finally be shot of Piers Morgan.

Geraint Thomas also lives in Monaco, let's get on his case as well, in the interest of fairness.

posted by Nick T [779 posts]
13th July 2014 - 11:48

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Nick T wrote:
I wish living abroad did waive any British citizenship, we'd finally be shot of Piers Morgan.

Geraint Thomas also lives in Monaco, let's get on his case as well, in the interest of fairness.

Haha, fair enough. I can think of a few other "A listers" that would be nice to dispatch based on residence.

posted by midschool [21 posts]
13th July 2014 - 14:33

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Nick T wrote:
I wish living abroad did waive any British citizenship, we'd finally be shot of Piers Morgan.

Geraint Thomas also lives in Monaco, let's get on his case as well, in the interest of fairness.

The answer lies in what America does, if you're a citizen, you pay American taxes wherever you live. That would sort out who really is "British"

posted by arfa [473 posts]
13th July 2014 - 17:45

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Have Froome and Walsh had a spat? - Walsh's latest report hints that the relationship between Froome and DB isn't great. I would think Walsh was upset by the Kimmage interview (DB is furious about it), which the mainstream cycling media still haven't reported on!

posted by daddyELVIS [386 posts]
13th July 2014 - 20:59

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arfa wrote:
Nick T wrote:
I wish living abroad did waive any British citizenship, we'd finally be shot of Piers Morgan.

Geraint Thomas also lives in Monaco, let's get on his case as well, in the interest of fairness.

The answer lies in what America does, if you're a citizen, you pay American taxes wherever you live. That would sort out who really is "British"

You have to file a tax return, you may not actually pay tax in the US if you have no income which is taxable there. The difference is subtle, but important. Though, chances are that you have some US sourced income.

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13th July 2014 - 21:07

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What interview is this? And why would Walsh and Froome fallout because of it?

Yours interested of Hackney

posted by Colin Peyresourde [1110 posts]
13th July 2014 - 21:10

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Colin Peyresourde wrote:
What interview is this? And why would Walsh and Froome fallout because of it?

Yours interested of Hackney

He interviewed Froome & Cound together in Monaco, before the Tour. Sky weren't happy. The way it hasn't been reported in mainstream cycling media makes me wonder if Sky have warned editors against it!

Both parts here:

http://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/cycling/paul-kimmage-chris-...

http://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/paul-kimmage-chris-froome-i...

posted by daddyELVIS [386 posts]
13th July 2014 - 21:22

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You have to file a tax return, you may not actually pay tax in the US if you have no income which is taxable there. The difference is subtle, but important. Though, chances are that you have some US sourced income.

I am fully au fait with double taxation treaties but thought it's not really worth going into the technicalities for the sake of a discussion. it's the principle I was pointing to - declare yourself a citizen, pay the national tax.

posted by arfa [473 posts]
13th July 2014 - 21:40

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How do we go from Froomes wrist, to his nationality to US tax practice?

Oh yeah, it's the Internet.

posted by jason.timothy.jones [303 posts]
14th July 2014 - 8:38

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jason.timothy.jones wrote:
How do we go from Froomes wrist, to his nationality to US tax practice?

Oh yeah, it's the Internet.

http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20131020193334/tuffpuppy/images/e/e5/...

posted by farrell [1388 posts]
14th July 2014 - 8:53

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