Reigning Champ Froome Out Of Tour De France

Defending champion Chris Froome is out of the Tour de France after crashing twice during the fifth stage.

The British Team Sky rider had his first fall 29km into the Ypres to Arenburg Porte du Hinautstage, amid torrential rain.

His second came with 69kmto go, with the 29-year-old pictured shaking his head, limping and holding his right arm.

Froomeclimbed into the team car after speaking to team doctor lan Farrell and Sports Director Nicolas Portal.

The 2013 champion was forced to pull out before reaching the more treacherous cobbled section of the stage.

Froome’s crashes were his third in two days, after another rider cut across hisfront wheel on Tuesday.

He was left with an injured wrist, cuts to his left shoulder, elbow, hip and knee – but still managed to end the day seventh overall.

He underwent an X-ray after the stage, but was given the all-clear to start the fifth stage,

Speaking on Tuesday, Froome said:”The wrist is painful and it’s certainly not ideal going into tomorrow’s cobbled stage, but I have a great team around me and we will get through the next few days as best we can.”

Dutch rider Lars Boom, who rides for Belkin, was the winner of Wednesday’s 152.5km stage after breaking away during the last cobbled section.

Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang was second, followed by team mate and overall leader Vicenzo Nibali.

Froomeclaimed last year’s Tour de France by four minutes and 20 seconds and took three stage wins to become only the second Briton to win the race.

Sir Bradley Wiggins won the event in 2012.

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