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Froome taken to hospital after Criterium crash

Froome could be ruled out of the upcoming Tour de France. Credit: PA

Chris Froome was taken to hospital on Wednesday following a crash before stage four of the Criterium du Dauphine.

Team Ineos confirmed in a statement that the four-time Tour de France winner had come off his bike during a reconnaissance of the day's ride and had withdrawn from the race.

Froome was eighth in the overall classification after three stages of the eight-day race, just 24 seconds behind leader Dylan Teuns.

The 34-year-old was using the race in Roanne, France, as part of his build-up to the Tour, which starts on July 6.

In a short statement on their Twitter account, Team Ineos said: "Team Ineos can confirm that Chris Froome crashed during a recon of stage four of the Criterium du Dauphine today.

"He is currently on his way to a local hospital and won't start today's fourth stage. We will provide a further update in due course."

The Tour is only three and a half weeks away and Froome's preparations this season have been built around peaking for the race as he aims to join an elite group of just four riders to have won five Tour titles.

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Swift rushed to hospital after training accident

Swift was out training with Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas. Credit: PA

Team Sky rider Ben Swift spent the night in intensive care in Tenerife following a crash while out training with Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas.

Swift's team said he clipped a rock on a descent, causing bleeding from the spleen which required immediate treatment.

The 31-year-old Yorkshireman also suffered multiple contusions and facial injuries, but no apparent fractures.

Late on Thursday, Swift wrote on Twitter: "Thanks for the well wishes. I am still in intensive care at the moment. But hopefully move onto a normal ward tomorrow.

"They have stopped the bleed in the spleen. But just need to keep monitoring it. Along with that I have facial wounds and road rash."

Team Sky doctor Inigo Sarriegu said in a statement: "Swifty suffered quite a heavy crash whilst out training.

"Thankfully though, he didn't lose consciousness and was aware of the incident afterwards.

"We will continue to monitor him over the coming days, but 24 hours on from the crash he is already feeling better."

Swift, who finished second in Milan-Sanremo in 2016 and fifth in the 2017 UCI Road World Championships, rejoined Team Sky this winter on a one-year deal after two seasons with UAE Team Emirates. He previously raced for the British squad from 2010 to 2016.

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