The Vuelta a España’s queen stage proved to be a day to forget for Tour de France champion Chris Froome. It was bad enough that the Sky leader lost 8:41 to winner Mikel Landa (Astana), but matters got worse as Froome began to realize the extent of the injury he suffered from a crash early in the race.
After Froome was unable to put weight on his foot post-stage, Team Sky decided to take him to a hospital for an x-ray.
“Froomey obviously had a heavy crash, and he said his foot was quite bad,” Sky’s Geraint Thomas told Eurosport. “He said his legs were okay, but on the especial category climb he started to suffer when Astana really lit it up. He got dropped then, and I was about to get dropped myself anyway so I sat up and waited for him.
“He seemed to come round on the last climb but we just had to keep going. Froomey always keeps fighting, and that’s what we did. It’s unfortunate because obviously Nico [Nicolas Roche] was suffering from his crashes as well. Not the ideal day but it was nice to see Boz [Ian Boswell] get up there and get a result for himself.”
Check back for updates on Froome’s condition.