By Press Association Reporter
Published: 13:10 BST, 13 June 2019 | Updated: 13:27 BST, 13 June 2019
Chris Froome underwent surgery for eight hours on broken bones and will stay in intensive care in France for two or three days following a crash at the Dauphine that ruled him out of the Tour de France, Team Ineos manager Dave Brailsford said on Thursday.
The four-times Tour champion sustained multiple fractures including broken femur, elbow and rib bones when he crashed at high speed while checking the course the Dauphine's individual time trial on Wednesday.
'He is at the hospital in St Etienne and had surgery for eight hours,' Brailsford was quoted as saying by local newspaper Le Dauphine Libere before the start of Thursday's fifth stage.
Chris Froome was injured during a crash ahead of stage four of the Criterium du Dauphine
Medical staff transport Froome on a stretcher to the Centre Hospitalier in Roanne, France
'He is in intensive care for two or three days. Then we will see when we can send him home.
'The hospital staff in St Etienne were remarkable. The injuries were so serious that he had to undergo surgery as quickly as possible.'
Brailsford said he had not talked to Froome because 'he is still unconscious'.
He added that Froome was being looked after in 'exemplary fashion' but that it is too soon to put any