Dave Brailsford believes Chris Froome will fight to return to top-level cycling

first_imgSir Dave Brailsford, the Team Ineos principal, is convinced Chris Froome will fight to return to top-level cycling after his life-threatening crash.Froome suffered extensive injuries when his bike hit a wall at almost 35mph on Wednesday during his fourth-stage reconnaissance of the Critérium du Dauphiné. The four-times Tour de France winner is recovering at the University hospital of St‑Étienne, where he underwent a six-hour operation.But Brailsford does not think the 34-year-old will retire from the sport. “It’s quite difficult to see that if I’m being honest with you,” Brailsford told BBC 5 Live’s Sportsweek. “I think he will try and get back. Who knows how this will impact on him, but I don’t think it will be the case where he’ll just say: ‘Right, I’m satisfied now I’ll hang up my wheels and call it a day.’ Share on Messenger Read more Cycling Share on LinkedIn news Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian “I think he’s more likely to really work hard in rehab and push himself really hard. He’ll take the same approach to that I’m sure as he does to his sport. If I was a betting man I’d say yes we’ll see him back at some point.”Froome fractured his right femur and suffered a broken hip, a fractured elbow and fractured ribs, while it has also been reported he fractured his neck. Brailsford said he expected Team Ineos and the sport in general to review rider safety. “I think when major incidents happen like this it does make you sit back and think about safety,” he said. “It’s something we’re going to take on board because inherently you have to take risks in this sport to be able to race at the level required.“There are dangers associated with it and equally we could look very carefully, not just as a team and our riders, but as a sport and see whether [dangers] could be minimised.” Dave Brailsford Share on Twitter Chris Froome’s accident gives Team Ineos clarity in most unfortunate way Brailsford suggested all riders could wear special kevlar-based clothing to help protect them against impact. “There are possible advances and let’s face it, if the entire sport said everybody has to ride with ‘x’, then it wouldn’t disadvantage anybody because they’d all be doing the same thing,” he said. “So it is an opportunity really to reflect and just think about, maybe as Formula One has moved forward in the last 10 or 15 years, why shouldn’t cycling?”Brailsford said he was not sure when Froome would be able to get back on a bike again, but added Team Ineos will have extra motivation to win this year’s Tour as a tribute to their lead rider. “Yes, I think that would be entirely plausible and logical really,” he said. “When something like that does happen, when it’s quite traumatic, then it’s a human reaction I think, so it would be no surprise at all.“There’s been quite an outpouring of emotion afterwards, not only himself but among the team, and that’s normal and I’m sure that will continue into the Tour.”Meanwhile, Team Ineos’s Dylan van Baarle won stage eight of the Critérium du Dauphiné as Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) secured overall victory. Van Baarle beat Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott) after the pair attacked in the closing kilometres, earning Ineos their second stage win in two days after Wout Poels won stage seven.Earlier in the day Britain’s Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) abandoned the race with less than 40km to go after suffering from an upset stomach. He had been in second place in the general classification, eight seconds behind Fuglsang. Topics Reuse this content Share via Email Chris Froome Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Team Ineos … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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