Sir Dave Brailsford: 'Froome will bounce back from Tour de France exit'

Britain's Christopher Froome is pictured during the team presentation ceremony at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, western England, on July 3, 2014
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Sir Dave Brailsford believes that Chris Froome will bounce back from his early Tour de France exit.

Sir Dave Brailsford has insisted that Chris Froome will bounce back from his early Tour de France exit.

Froome was forced to withdraw from the elite race after his second crash on wet roads during the fifth stage.

Despite the disappointment, Brailsford believes that the 29-year-old can now turn his attention to winning the Vuelta a Espana later this summer.

Brailsford told reporters: "It was all a bit chaotic. It's just unfortunate for Chris. He has worked ever so hard to be in this shape.

"I'm sure he will be back. I'm sure we will see him in the Vuelta and we will go from there."

Froome, who was due to fly home from the race on Wednesday night, will be replaced as Team Sky's leader by his close friend Richie Porte.

Tour de France winner Chris Froome of Great Britain and SKY Procycling attends the route presentation of 2014 Tour de France at the Palais des Congres de Paris on October 23, 2013
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