Chris Froome has pulled-out of the Tour de France following two crashes on Stage Five, the second of which saw him cradling his right hand as he got into the Team Sky car, signifying that he would not be continuing.
The Team Sky leader took a tumble yesterday, cutting the entire of his left side in the process as well as injuring his wrist, and it was unclear if he was going to be able to continue on to Stage Five.
The stage had been marked out as potentially the most dangerous day of the tour due to the fact it contains 13km of cobblestones, and when combined with the persistent downpour, crashes throughout the day were imminent.
Nonetheless, the announcement was made last night that he would continue, yet from the start of the 152.5km stage, Froome looked uneasy, falling on his right side this time in a crash 30km into the day.
The torrential conditions certainly didn't help him, and combined with his two crashes so far, Froome must have been heavily affected mentally, especially considering that the famous cobbles were quickly approaching.
However, it was on smooth tarmac where both of Froome's crashes took place, and despite getting on his bike and rejoining the peloton after the first incident, he looked in agony after the second crash and didn't look confident getting back on his bike, and this is a man known for being able to endure extreme pain at times.
This raises the question of how hurt Chris Froome was after his crash yesterday, and how much it affected his riding today, with a man usually so confident on a bike crashing twice on smooth tarmac.
With the British favourite out of the Tour, it looks as if Australian Richie Porte will take over the leadership of Team Sky, with the rest of the team working to get him into the leading position.
Alberto Contador is now the overwhelming favourite to add another yellow jersey to his collection, with British interest in the race taking another major blow following Mark Cavendish's crash on Stage One of the Tour.
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