Chris Froome: 'Time for R & R' after scan reveals two fractures

Cyclist Chris Froome has tweeted that it is "time for some R & R" after an MRI scan revealed he had fractured both his left wrist and his right hand.

Chris Froome: 'Time for R & R' after double fracture

Cyclist Chris Froome has tweeted that it is "time for some R & R" after an MRI scan revealed he had fractured both his left wrist and his right hand.

Last year's Tour de France winner sustained the injury when he fell during this year's race.

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MRIs done, confirmed fractures to the left wrist & right hand. Time for some R&R...

He decided to withdraw from this year's Tour after falling on three separate occasions.

Watch: Chris Froome crashes out of the Tour de France

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Chris Boardman: Crashes are 'just part of cycling'

Former Olympic medalist and Tour de France cyclist Chris Boardman says the crashes that led Chris Froome to withdraw from this year's tour are "just part of cycling".

Chris Froome has withdrawn from the Tour de France after three crashes. Credit: ERIC LALMAND/Belga/Press Association Images

Boardman told ITV News:

"To be honest it's just part of cycling. Crashes happen and when we get weather conditions like that it happens a lot and it's just part of the cyclists pushing themselves to the absolute limit.

"Fortunately in cycling injuries are few and far between. For poor Chris Froome, three crashes in a row and it's just too much."

Read; Chris Froome 'devastated' over Tour de France exit

Chris Froome 'devastated' over Tour de France exit

Defending champion Chris Froome said he is devastated he has had to withdraw from the 2014 Tour de France.

He crashed out on stage five today and told his Twitter followers that his wrist injury and tough conditions "made controlling my bike near to impossible".

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Devastated to have to withdraw from this years TDF. Injured wrist and tough conditions made controlling my bike near to impossible.

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Thanks to the team & support staff for trying to get me through today. Wishing @richie_porte & @teamsky the best for the rest of Tour!

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