Covid sends Froome crashing out of Tour de France

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Froome (left), will not be finishing with the peloton in Paris, on Sunday. (Photo: Israel Premier-Tech)
Froome (left), will not be finishing with the peloton in Paris, on Sunday. (Photo: Israel Premier-Tech)

Four-time champion Chris Froome was one of three riders to drop out of the Tour de France, after testing positive for Covid ahead of Thursday's 18th stage.

Froome was not allowed to start the stage from Lourdes to the high Pyrenees.

Spain's Imanol Erviti of Movistar and Italian Damiano Caruso of Bahrain Victorious also withdrew.

"Tests taken just before Thursday's start showed that Chris has Covid," Froome's Israel Premier-Tech team said.

Froome has never shown the same form as before his terrible accident at the 2019 Criterium de Dauphine. 

From 2012-2018 Froome was one of the world’s most powerful riders. In that period, he won cycling’s three most esteemed grand tours. Including four Tour de France titles, the Vuelta a España and Giro d'Italia.

The veteran was digging deep on the 2022 Tour and was 26th in the overall classification. Around an hour off the overall lead. 

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