British cyclist Chris Froome is set to miss out on the Grand Tour, due to depart from Brussels this year, after suffering a serious injury during a lap race on Wednesday.
Froome, who has won the Tour de France four times before, was helicoptered to a hospital after he fell off his bike during the fourth round of the Criterium du Dauphiné in Roanne.
The extent of his injuries have not been officially confirmed, but some media reports say he might have fractured his femur.
Britain’s professional cycling team, Team INEOS, confirmed the 34-year-old champion’s injury on Twitter, adding that it would provide an update as the situation developed.
From the beginning of the season, Froome was steadily climbing in the rankings, reaching the 8th place in the Critérieum du Dauphiné, just 24 seconds behind Belgium’s own Tour de France hopeful, Dylan Teuns.