Tour de France champion Chris Froome has been forced to abandon his attempt to win the Vuelta a Espana, cycling's third Grand Tour of the year, after breaking his foot during a crash yesterday.
The Team Sky rider managed to finish the stage with help from his teammate Geraint Thomas, but this morning confirmed that he had a fractured navicular and would not be able to start today's stage.
Froome took to Twitter to explain the situation:
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The injury will end Froome's season, which raises problems for British Cycling's team at the Richmond World Championships in September.
Froome had been slated to ride in the individual time trial competition with Alex Dowsett, but will now likely be replaced by his Sky teammate Thomas. Bradley Wiggins, the current time trial world champion, will not be defending his title in Richmond, Virginia.
Team Sky will now focus on winning stages in Spain and supporting the cause of Mikel Nieve, their Spanish rider, who currently sits in 8th position overall.
As for Froome, he will turn his attention towards his winter training and preparation for the 2016 season, when he will again target the Tour de France and try to win it for a third time.