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Chris Froome’s Horror Crash Overshadows The Dauphiné | The Cycling Race News Show

Chris Froome’s Horror Crash Overshadows The Dauphiné | The Cycling Race News Show


Welcome to the GCN Racing News Show. The biggest news in the world of racing last
week was Chris Froome’s horror crash at the Criterium du Dauphiné. I’ll be talking about what it means for
him, his team, and for the Tour. We’ve also got crashes, controversy and
a crushing victory at the Tour of Belgium, a popular winner at the OVO Women’s Tour,
the start of the Tour de Suisse, and a look at the stars of the future at the Baby Giro. We’ll start with the Criterium du Dauphiné,
where the whole cycling world was rocked on the morning of the stage 4 time trial in Roanne. Chris Froome, out pre-riding the course with
teammate Wout Poels, crashed into a wall at 55kph – a gust of wind throwing him off balance
as he took his arm off the bars to blow his nose. The gravity of the situation took a few hours
to unfold. It was immediately evident that he’d take
no further part in the race, then it was confirmed he’d be unable to ride the Tour de France,
and later, when the severity of the injuries became clear, it’s been questioned as to
whether or not he’ll ever make a 100% recovery. The injuries are numerous – a compound fracture
of the femur, a fractured hip, elbow, ribs and neck, and a punctured lung. According to recent reports, he also lost
4 pints of blood in the incident, and as Froome has said himself, he’s lucky to be alive. Upon arriving at St Etienne hospital, he was
put in intensive care and underwent 8 hours of surgery. Surgeons have said that he could be back on
his bike in 6 months, but Froome’s first focus will be to get healthy. Many have have speculated as to whether this
could be the end of his career, and for most riders, particularly at the age of 34, you’d
say it could well be. However, as his teammates and fellow peers
will tell you, Froome has a metal determination well beyond most mortals, and even beyond
most professional athletes, so if anybody is able to recover and get back to his best,
it’s him. We at GCN would like to send he and his family
our best wishes, get well soon Chris. Now, whilst racing again is going to be a
long way from his mind at the moment, there’s no doubt that the Tour de France is not going
to be the same without him. Despite the presence of Geraint Thomas and
Egan Bernal, Team Ineos’ rivals will be extra motivated to take advantage of the fact
that the pre race favourite will not be present. It could mean we have the most open race we’ve
seen in years. It wasn’t all bad news for Froome last week
though, as it emerged that he may have won a race from his hospital bed. Spanish TV reported on Thursday that Juan
Jose Cobo had a biological passport irregularity from 2011, the year he won the Vuelta a Espana. This the result of an investigation that the
UCI have been carrying out since 2015. Depending on the outcome of an appeal, if
Cobo makes one, that could promote Froome to the winner, which would make him the first
Brit to win a Grand Tour. It may also promote Bauke Mollema to his only
ever Grand Tour podium…. and it could also mean that on the Alpe d’Huez
stage of the 2010 Criterium du Dauphiné, Lloydy could move up from 130th to 129th. Thanks to Cillian Kelly for that one, made
us all chuckle. Talking of the Dauphiné, we should probably
look at what happened in the race itself. The middle part was a display of dominance
for Wout Van Aert. He’d finished runner up to Sam Bennett on
the stage 3 sprint finish, and then just to prove his versatility, he then romped to his
first ever WorldTour win the following day……..in a time trial, where he really was head and
shoulders above the rest. If that wasn’t impressive enough, he backed
that up with a 2nd win the following day in another bunch sprint. If ever there was a reason to bring back GCN’s
rider of the week, that was it – well done Wout. Now, as Dan pointed out on twitter, it gives
you a new found respect for anybody that’s finished even remotely close to van Aert or
van der Poel in a cyclocross race. Speaking of which, it was nice to see van
der Poel return the complement he’d received from van Aert for his MTB world cup win a
few weeks back. After that, we hit the climbs proper. Julian Alaphilippe got his obligatory stage
win on day 5, narrowly outsprinting Gregor Muhlberger to the line, whilst the following
day, Jakob Fuglsang managed to wrest the leader’s yellow jersey from the shoulders of Adam Yates,
under biblical conditions, at the finish in Pipay. That stage had given Team Ineos a reason to
celebrate, they’d claimed the stage win through a late attack by Wout Poels. And, they backed that up on the following
and final stage with an exceptional performance by Dylan van Baarle. He outsprinted Jack Haig, who’s team leader,
Yates, had unfortunately succumbed to a stomach back earlier in the day which forced him to
retire from the race. Also abandoning, with just 16kms to go, was
Jumbo Visma GC leader Steven Kruijswijk, who was also suffering with his stomach. That did make things slightly simpler for
Astana, and in the end they didn’t have any problems in defending the lead of Fuglsang,
who took his 2nd overall win at the race in 3 years. That was also Astana’s 10th overall stage
race win of the season, which according to Cycling Visualisations on twitter, levels
the record for this century, even though we’re only just about half way through the year. Radioshack, BMC and Sky have all managed 10,
but over a whole season. Meanwhile at the Tour of Belgium, we had a
coming of age for Remco Evenepoel. Well, I say a coming of age, he’s still
just 19 and a first year senior, but in winning a stage and the overall, he confirmed what
we’ve all been expecting of him. Stage 1 saw a win for Jan Willem Van Schip,
who’d managed to escape late on from the breakaway and hold off the bunch. The Dutchman is arguably best known for his
unique choice of handlebars – his strive for aerodynamics has not gone down well with everyone
in the bunch, Adam Blythe has been amongst those outspoken on saying it isn’t safe,
but on this occasion it clearly worked, as he was never really in the bunch – he was
so aero, and strong, they couldn’t catch him. It was the following day which saw the first
ever professional win for Evenepoel. It was inevitable, at some point – he dominated
almost every race in the junior category last year, and you don’t suddenly lose that talent
overnight. The win came on home roads, literally in fact,
as his house is just 30km away from the stage finish in The young Belgian had attacked with
xkm to go, and initially he’d been accompanied by World Hour Record Holder Victor Campenaerts,
until this happened. Ouch. You’d think he’d have had enough practice
at going round left hand corners by now. Campenaerts said after the stage that he’d
never seen someone riding as hard as Evenepoel. Earlier in that very same stage, this strange
incident happened. That was Nathan Van Hoydonck, being refused
a spare wheel by Shimano neutral service after throwing his own punctured wheel at the team
car. To be fair to the Belgian, he apologised on
twitter and explained that he’d got frustrated as the neutral car had driven past him with
a flat tyre and only stopped 300m up the road, which must have been deflating. Anyway, back to the race, the question was
whether Evenepoel could hold off the big guns in the stage 3 time trial, and the answer
was a resounding ‘yes’ – he finished 4th. And rather than rest on his laurels the following
day, he used attack as the best form of defence, drew a group of three clear, drove it to the
finish line and extended his overall race lead – that stage was one of redemption for
Campenaerts, who’d been pipped in the time trial by his own teammate Wellens. The final stage was marred by this horror
crash in the finish straight: Thankfully, from what we’ve heard, nobody
was seriously injured. It certainly didn’t stop Evenepoel, who
became the youngest ever winner of the event, on a stage that was won by Bryan Coquard. With Wout van Aert taking two world tour victories
in as many days and teenager Remco Evenepoel winning in Belgium, some of the ‘old boys’
are starting to get slightly frustrated at these young bucks coming in and winning everything…..cue
our favourite social media commentator Thomas De Gendt. It was in fact an all Belgian podium, with
2nd and 3rd going to Campenaerts and Wellens respectively. And, if you needed any further proof that
cyclocross riders can make world class roadies, Belgian Toon Aerts of Telenet Fidea lions
was in 4th – Aerts is probably the closest rival in cyclocross at the moment to van Aert
and van der Poel, but unlike them, appears to have to have no desire to convert full
time to the road, he just likes to use it as training. Some people just have too much talent. The Ovo Energy Women’s Tour in Britain was
the next stop on the women’s world tour, now up to six days, it covered 790 kilometers
and finished with two epic days in the Welsh mountains. Some of the top climbers decided to skip the
race in order to go to altitude to prepare for the upcoming Giro Rosa, but we did have
the presence of Vos, Moolman Pasio, Deignan and Longo Borghini, amongst others. Stage one finished in a sprint, won by Jolien
D’Hoore who also won the opening day last year. Stage two, to many, might have looked like
a strange one and potentially one where riders would have to be super vigilant. The Kent Cyclopark is one of the UK’s purpose
built closed cycling circuits that was the venue for the British cyclocross champs in
January. Marianne Vos showed her skills with a cyclocross’esque
bike change coming into one of the intermediate sprint laps, very smooth and impressive! She went on to surf every lead out going,
and despite being boxed in coming into the finish didn’t need a second invitation when
a gap opened in front of her and in her trademark style took her 350th career win across all
disciplines, and with it the leaders and points jerseys. The high was followed immediately by a low,
however as a big crash took here, and many others down the following day. In fact, so serious was the crash, the race
organisers took the decision to neutralise the race while those injured were attended
to. Unfortunately it was the end of the road for
Marianne who had to abandon the race with 8 others. Once it resumed, we had Jolien D’Hoore doubling
up for another win. Stage four was the first ever hill top finish
in the history of the race. An attack by Elisa Longo Borghini over the
top of the first ascent of the finish climb drew a dangerous group clear that also contained
Kasia Niewiadoma, Deignan and German champion Lianne Lippert. They were caught, but a dominant lead out
into the climb by Canyon SRAM the Polish rider launched her bid for glory, which she duly
took, ahead of Lippert. However, the two toughest stages in the races
history were still to come. The penultimate stage had two categorie one
climbs, and a whole load of uncategorised ascents too. An inital attack was caught on the second
cat 1 at Epynt. Lizzie Deignan was the next rider to go, immediately
caught and countered by Niewiadoma, these two eventually joined by Elisa Longo Borghini. Niewiadoma was on fire and although Deignan
had to dig deep to stay with them, she showed that is truly back to her best by taking her
first win since her year out in 2017 to have a baby. Understandably, it was an emotional win, as
this video from Trek Segafredo shows. Her lead over Niewiadoma in the GC was as
slender as it gets, though, one solitary second!! You couldn’t ask for a more exciting final
stage scenario. On that final stage, a group of eleven riders
went clear early, including Deignan’s team mate Ellen Van Dijk and Niewiadoma’s faithful
lieutenant Hannah Barnes, the advantage for Trek being that they swept up the bonus seconds
at the first sprint. It had come back together at the 2nd sprint,
though, where Deignan though took one second to double her advantage. A late attack by Nadia Quagliotto of Ale Cipollini
and Mitchelton Scotts Grace Brown was caught as the peloton came into the final kilometres
at Pembrey Country park, finish on Welsh Cyclings own purpose built cycling circuit. Many teams were battling for supremacy at
the front, but on a technical finish Christine Majerus was majestic in her lead out, delivering
team mate Amy Pieters to the line for her third career win in the OVO Energy women’s
Tour. Deignan finished safely at the front of the
pack to take her second overall victory and signal her return to the top. She joins a group of elite mums such as Kristen
Armstrong, Marta Bastianelli, Dame Sarah Storey and Laura Kenny – nice one Lizzie! With Froome sidelined for the time being,
the form that Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal are in at the Tour de Suisse is going to be
even more interesting. The 9 day race kicked off with a short time
trial on Saturday. With rain forecast for the latter part of
the stage, most of the race favourites went early. In the end, the top 5 were separated by just
5 seconds, World time trial Champion Rohan Dennis taking the win by fractions of a second
from Maciej Bodnar of Bora Hansgrohe. Of the GC favourites, it was Thomas who faired
best, coming home 13th, 6 seconds in front of his teammate Bernal. Yesterday’s stage 2 saw Luis Leon Senchez
steal a march on the bunch. The Spaniard attacked with 11km’s still
to go, and managed to hold on by 6 seconds as he crossed the finish line, taking Astana’s
28th win of the season so far. Behind, the bunch sprint was won by Sagan,
but we also had a new race leader, Kasper Asgreen of Deceuninck Quickstep, thanks to
some bonuses seconds he’d picked up earlier in the stage. The race continues through until Sunday. Also on at the moment is the U23 Giro d’Italia,
a race that often gives a good indication of who will shine in the pro ranks in years
to come. An it couldn’t have started better for Team
GB, who won the first three stages. Ethan Haytor won the prologue, and stage 1. A former world champion on the track, I think
we can expect him to turn pro next year. Then, stage 2 was won in a bunch sprint by
21 year old Matthew Walls. That run came to an end yesterday, though,
on stage 4, which took in 5 sectors of the white gravel roads of Strade Bianche. There, Italian Fabio Mazzucco came to the
finish over a minute ahead of everyone else, taking the leader’s jersey in the process. He’d attacked with Georg Zimmerman with
30kms to go, but a mechanical for the German left Mazzucco solo, and he didn’t look back. The race continues through to Sunday, but
with today and tomorrow mountain top finishes, expect to see a big shakeup in the GC. Well that was a busy one wasn’t it?! Next week we’ll be back with the remainder
of the Tour de Suisse, the baby Giro, the Tour de Slovénie and the Route d’Occitanie,
the final preparation races for riders doing the Tour de France. We’ll see you again then, in the meantime,
for more content, why not click down here for the all American Gravel Ride – Si hooked
up with Cyclocross legend and GCN new recruit Jeremy Powers in a video that you can find
just down here.

100 comments on “Chris Froome’s Horror Crash Overshadows The Dauphiné | The Cycling Race News Show

  1. What was your favourite racing moment from the past week? Let us know in the comments below 👇

  2. I fell yesterday. It was horrible. Hit the end of my fingers, bruised my hip, scraped my elbow. Life flight was busy, ambulances were too slow, I got up and rode home. Heroic, I’ld say.

  3. Could the presenter stop with the sensationalist intonation and inflections! Just makes is sounds like you are over compensating and trying to make the news more exciting than it actually is.

  4. I broke my hip ( neck of femur)and it has never been the same since, out of all his injuries the hip injury will be the one that will probably end his career, he will come back yes but expect his performances in the future to be second rate, just like beloki and then fade into cycling history. It doesn't matter how determined he is, he won't be able to compete at top level again, with this physical disability, against fully fit uninjured pros.

  5. I blow my nose it with one hand because I know if I try to ride no-handed I quickly go out of control (…) (and that's without deep section wheels and a vicious crosswind). Get well soon, Chris! I think a top echelon athlete will be back on the bike and up to previous fitness long before most expect.

  6. I wish Froome a speedy 110% recovery. God Bless.
    EDIT: At 10:46, I think that was rider error (her left hand slipped off the bar, causing her to lose balance). At first, I thought it was a mechanical failure. Very dangerous. Cycling in general is a dangerous activity, let alone the elite sport aspect.

  7. Can't see Thomas winning 2 Tours in a row , so I think this years tour will be best in years . Dan Martin podium.

  8. Whats happening? First I hear about Dave Mustaine's throat cancer and now this? Hope he recovers soon! Praying for him. Get well soon, Froome!

  9. I like to consider myself conservative when it comes to doping accusations, I'd even give Froome and the likes the benefit of the doubt, despite some monsterous performances, but Evenepoel, man, it's had to doubt that… When it looks too good to be true (especially consistently), it usually is.

  10. Doctors on record saying he'll be "back and stronger. " How they can be confident of his strength I'm unsure, maybe it was just maintaining a PMA on the whole scenario.

  11. Show me the 10 humans who disliked this. Bring them forth and let them be known by their natural born names 🤨

  12. Crash AKA " 7uck¥" Froome sure has determination to defeat the zoncAlan…… sure he will get better .

  13. Thank you for all the news about Chris Froome.
    I tried to find information on the sports pages of newspapers but they obviously didn't consider it important.
    What was important to them was ANYTHING to do with football and even some idiot golfer missing a 12" putt.
    Get well soon Chris.

  14. I,ve cycled for 65 years. I remember Anquetile and Mercx. I,ve never fallen off a Motorbike (Bike since 16) But 3 times in hospital falling from push-bikes. I have a Wiliere Triestina Izoarde with Chorus 9 speed….One reservation….Cycling must NEVER go to Israel until they leave Gaza alone and give up the stolen Golen Heights and West Bank. lsrael is worse than apartheid RSA! ..Warton.Carnforth. Lancaster.

  15. This sucks, deep down I know Froome will never be the same again after this. I hope I'm wrong tho. Brings back memories of that beloki crash from back in the day in the sense that it was a straight up career ender'

  16. Conspiracy nuts believe he staged the crash to avoid having to work around recent bans from the UCI. Sounds kind stupid, but then again, some people believe the earth is round and that we actually went to the moon. Not even a replacement Paul McCartney could believe such nonsense.

  17. That is a ridiculous number of injuries for the amount of energy involved. I'll get flamed for saying it, but his stick-insect fragility did nothing to protect him in this crash. Bring back the juice to protect the health of pro cyclists.

  18. How could it take UCI four years to decide if a guy's biological passport looks dodgy? One of my undergraduate physiology students would be able to do it in about the three minutes on average that they would devote to a single exam question.

    Froomes crash is really scary. Open fractured femur can be life threatening.

  19. 😆Yesss Thomas De Gendt!!!…Your prob right to get ur fellow Cyclist to sign Petition…But Bro … For 4 years?!?!…I 👀 Now…Y’all old Sokol cyclist be gone by then😁!!!…👍🏾Good One!!!…👊🏾

  20. It only takes one second of stupidity to end it all forever. Nonetheless, Chris got lucky that he didnt lose his life. Count that as a blessing. And maybe this accident is a blessing in disguise. The Lord worketh mysteriously.

  21. WTF – the report from dauphine was a joke – i guess the guys at GCN have no love or respect for fuglsang – in my opinion Astana and fuglsang were awesome as they have been all season – looking forward to see what they can do in the TDF this year…

  22. Get well soon to Chris, Nos. 5 TdF will be waiting for you in 2020! Also best wishes to Phil "Cookie Monster" get well soon.

  23. two commentators for the race news would be nice. Hearing one persons voice all the time can get kind of, well you know… just a suggestion thanks. Keep up the great work!

  24. Another reason not to use Shimano – just give the guy a wheel and drop the attitude. These guys are professionals!

  25. I believe the new guy called Deignan's win "popular". Maybe? Now if we had enough substance to know if she has come out from under the cloak to be fully transparent with her anti doping tests.

  26. Nose blow crash like a true roadie. Doubt you’d see a serious CX rider lose it that easy, crosswinds or not.
    Anyway, GWS Froome. Engage that core & steer with the hips & knees next time..

  27. It's not about healing fast it's about healing correctly and taking your time with physical therapy. Broken bones never heal 100% back to normal.

  28. There is no doubt that the TDF is going to be so much better without him! Let`s hope that he recovers and that his tarnished career is over

  29. I would think even if he returns. He may still have that paranoia from that crash. So turns, downhill riding , he may not push the limits like he use too.

  30. I had a dream that Froome was killed during a high speed crash, just a couple of days before his actual crash occurred. Unsettling to say the least. Wishing him a full recovery.

  31. I don't think other teams' motivation to win the biggest race in the world changes from losing the 4 time winner on the best team around to last year's winner on the best team around, especially when the next multiple time winner on the best team around is racing and ready to begin flourishing.

  32. In slo-mo it looks like Voss lost her grip on the drops or the handlebar broke, throwing her weight over the front and off center. Bummer I hope she is OK, looks like she hit hard.

  33. I feel sorry for Froome. I never liked him dominating all the races the way he did, but this accident is bad and I do hope he recovers all the way. My guess is that he's too old to make a comeback. At least the TdF will not be as boring as when Sky was taking control of everything with it's mega money account…

  34. Bin watching your videos for a while now looking how to do different things to the bike ect just bright one today because I am determined to do the velo birmingham 2020 but man I done 10 miles today and omg my but is so num

  35. I know van Schips handlebars look odd. But is that really what you think he's best known for? He is a track world champion. Be nice to give credit to that result also. He's not just wacky bars.

  36. Instead of a Froome/Thomas double Giro/Tour – you get a big nil for the Tour! So much for speculation.

  37. Please you open fracture and compound fracture. Although I’m sure you are repeating what was from press release!

  38. Next time dont be stupid and take your hands off the bars at 65kmh.. wouldn't be surprised if in many years it comes out his injuries were overstated to hide a drug test. Theres alot of suspect things about this……. but least the tour de France will be a better race this year.

  39. Great racing news .Thank you to the presenters at GCN for being decent human beings when commenting on Chris Froome’s crash . GCN sent their thoughts and best wishes to Chris and his family and wished him a speedy recovery.
    Your commentary has restored my faith in humans .Vast majority of journalists have appeared particularly callous when commenting on Chris Froome’s crash seemingly having no emotional intelligence and only concerned with bike racing .

  40. "Tour de France won't be the same"…. Yeah, the biggest cheater since Armstrong won't be there, not a bad thing for the race.

  41. Okay…if you're going to anchor news mate then you really should be behind a desk. Or if you don't want to use a desk then you should be standing up, but just sitting there in what looks like a folding chair is not a good look. See what you can do to get us some pictures of Froomy's crash or at the very least some X-rays.

  42. I broke my leg in three places and dislocated my ankle too, i was back on the trainer in 6 weeks and walking again in 10 weeks. If you beat that Chris you are on some good drugs.

  43. i greatly question this "accident", he doesn't have so much as scratch anywhere on his body,… if he has a broken sternum …where is the discoloration, where is the bruisingof his sternum in the picture? someone please explain how he has multiple fracturesfrom head to toe all over his body…yet there is not a mark on his body in the picture that he posted! this is incredibly dubious!

  44. Victor Campenaert's crash at 7:01 is a blessing in disguise. Five meters later and he had hit that concrete barrier which would have injured him way more seriously.

  45. So Froom and nairo will not Sprint again😣😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😭😭😭😭😭😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😱😱

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