Wednesday July 9th, 2014

Defending Tour de France champion Chris Froome has abandoned this year's race in the fifth stage after falling for the second straight day, the Guardian reported

Froome's withdrawal is tied to another crash he suffered in the fourth stage. The Britain native was knocked over four kilometers into Tuesday's race when another rider swerved into him, and though Froome was able to continue he suffered abrasions on his left buttock and right hand and was forced to wear a splint on his left wrist for the rest of the stage, reported the Guardian.

His fall Wednesday re-injured the damaged left wrist.

X-rays taken after the race Tuesday showed no broken bones in his left wrist, but tour doctor Florence Pommerie said at the time that further tests may be needed after Wednesday's stage.

According to international news agency AFP, via VeloNews.com, Froome also crashed last month at the Criterium du Dauphine race, and has also dealt with a lower back injury and a respiratory infection this year.

Froome won the Tour de France for the first time in his career last year, finishing 4:20 ahead of second-place finisher Nairo Alexander of Colombia.

— Ben Estes

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