Chris Froome may need six months to recover his full strength after losing around two litres of blood in his bike crash, according to one of his surgeons.
The four-time Tour de France winner, who will miss this year’s event, left hospital after six days in intensive care following a lengthy operation to correct multiple serious injuries suffered in a 55kmph collision in France.
The 34-year-old crashed towards the end of a reconnaissance route of stage four of the Criterium du Dauphine, and sustained fractures to his vertebrae, right femur, elbow and ribs.
Orthopaedic surgeon Giorgio Gresta told Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport: “The intensive care was a precautionary measure due to the length of the surgery and considering that the patient had lost a lot of blood – more or less two litres.
“He’s not facing any specific risk and it’s important he’s calm and relaxed. He’ll be transferred to a normal care unit as soon as possible.
“His recovery time depends on his desire to fight back but he seems very motivated. He could just need six months to be back stronger than before.
“He was conscious and reactive when my colleague, Remi Philippot, and I explained what he had and what we would do. He was optimistic despite his injuries not being simple.
“This is obviously a tough time but I have taken a lot of strength from the support over the last three days. The outpouring of support has been really humbling and something I would never have expected.
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“He seemed determined to ride again and return to racing. And from a medical point of view there won’t be a problem: he can recover from all his injuries.
“We’re at the avant-garde [in recuperation techniques] at Saint-Etienne [hospital]. A number of athletes have come to us to recover from injuries. Froome was unlucky with his crash but he was lucky to be close to us.”
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