What a difference a year makes. After winning the Tour de France last year, Team Sky leader Chris Froome abandoned the race Wednesday after crashing out.
The defending champion’s bad luck began on Tuesday when he crashed and sustained injuries all along the left side of this lanky frame. The Brit’s misfortunate then continued during today’s treacherous Stage 5, which began in Ypres and is set to end nearly 100 miles later in Arenberg Porte du Hainaut.
Combined with heavy rains and several sections of cobblestone roads that look more like muddy, off-road sidewalks, Stage 5 isn’t treating many riders well, but it seems to have treated Froome the worst.
The first mishap of the day for Froome happened around 20 miles in. He crashed and injured his right side. His wounds looked similar to those he suffered the day before on his left side, including a bloodied haunch exposed from a shredded suit. But Froome got back on his bike and continued.
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The next bit of bad luck struck Froome’s bike. He exchanged it and rode on. But soon after, Froome crashed again, this time getting up with a heavy limp. After a short chat with some team members, Team Sky’s leader crammed his long legs into the back seat of a team car and shut the door.