Team Ineos have revealed that Chris Froome was awake and talkative on Thursday morning following overnight surgery to successfully repair a broken femur which was sustained in a high-speed crash before the Criterium du Dauphine time trial on Wednesday.
Froome suffered serious injuries after crashing into a low wall at 55kph while previewing the time trial course. He was stabilised and assessed at hospital in Roanne before being airlifted to St-Etienne for surgery. From was diagnosed with a compound fractured right femur, right elbow and ribs, with Ineos team manager Dave Brailsford revealing he also suffered some ‘internal damage.’
Team doctor Richard Usher confirmed the surgery on his femur and elbow was a success.
“Chris woke up this morning and was reviewed by the intensive care consultants and the orthopaedic specialist who operated on him and they’re both very happy with his progress to date,” Usher said.
“Chris will remain in hospital for the next few days for observation, but he is already actively engaging in discussing his rehabilitation options, which is very encouraging.”
Froome relayed a message through the British team, expressing thanks for the many messages of support he has received over the past 24 hours. He is expected to make a personal message of thanks in the days to come.
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