The Tour de France defending champion from 2013, Christopher Froome has withdrawn from the race on Stage 5 of the race, which has seen many riders put into discomfort following a tough cobblestone and wet stage.

The Kenyan born rider fell a number of times on Wednesday's ride from Ypres to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut a stage lasting 152.5km. 

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Heavy crash

Following a heavy crash, one of many on a trechous day for the cyclists, Chris Froome was handed a new bike by the Team Sky mechanics but instead of getting back onto the bike and carrying on with Le Tour, the British rider decided to call it a day, and withdrew from the race, stepping into the Team Sky car which now follows the Peloton to the finish with Froome sat in the back, after his Le Tour hopes ended on the fifth stage. 

Team Sky rider Ben Swift on Twitter: "Absolutely gutted for Froomey and the whole team. Can't believe it" 

Alberto Contador now turns into the favourite for The Tour de France following Chris Froome's withdraw, with Vincenzo Nibali and Alejandro Valverde propping up the next best three chances to take the illustrious Maillot Jaune when the race rides into Paris.


Questions are now set to be raised and aimed at Team Sky Team Principal Dave Brailsford who made the highly controversial decision to leave Sir Bradley Wiggins out of Team Sky's Tour de France squad. Brailsford decided to put all of his Le Tour Eggs so to speak in Froome's Basket, and now Team Sky will have to salvage whatever they can from the 2014 Tour de France with no backup in the form of Wiggins. 

But the big news ultimately from this stage will remain that the defending champion and 2012 runner up Christopher Froome will play no further role in the 2014's race for the yellow jersey.

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