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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

Chris Froome crashes out of the Tour de France

Britain's summer of sport has suffered another big set back as former Tour de France champion Chris Froome crashed out of the competition.

Froome pulled out of the competition his third crash in two days on stage five of the race.

ITV News Correspondent Paul Davies reports from northern 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Chris Froome has withdrawn from the Tour de France after three crashes.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!

More: Defending champion Chris Froome out of 2014 Tour

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Champion Froome: 'increased pressure' on home soil

Yellow Jersey holder Chris Froome has spoken of the pressures that come with racing as a defending champion on home soil, at a news conference ahead of this year's Tour de France.

Speaking ahead of today's opening ceremony for Saturday's Grand Depart, the 2013 winner said his team "couldn't ask for any more warmth" from the crowds that have amassed in Yorkshire.

More: ITV Sport's Le Tour de France coverage

Froome: This year's UK team are 'strongest' yet

Defending 2013 Tour de France champion Chris Froome says he believes this year's team were "the strongest" the UK has ever put forward.

Speaking to journalists in Leeds ahead of tonight's opening ceremony before the Grand Depart on Saturday, he said he "was up for it".

More: ITV Sport's Le Tour de France coverage

Tour de France winner receives royal message

Chris Froome takes to the podium after winning the Tour de France. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

The Queen has sent a private message to Chris Froome congratulating him on winning the Tour de France, Buckingham Palace announced today.

The Kenyan-born Briton won the 100th edition of the famous race on Sunday to become the second British rider to win in consecutive years after Sir Bradley Wiggins' triumph in 2012.

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