Chris Froome retires from Tour de France after two falls on stage five

Chris Froome of Great Britain and Team Sky chases back to the peloton after being involved in a crash just afte the start of stage four of the 2014 Le Tour de France on July 8, 2014
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Defending champion Chris Froome is forced to retire from the Tour de France after falling twice during stage five.

Defending champion Chris Froome retired from the Tour de France during today's fifth stage from Ypres to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut.

The Team Sky rider bowed out after suffering a second fall of the day in wet, slippery conditions.

He was also knocked off his bike during yesterday's stage and appeared to injure his wrist, which may have affected today's stage on the uneven cobbled roads.

Following yesterday's fall, Team Sky general manager Dave Brailsford insisted that Froome's Tour would not be ruined.

However, Froome, who was favourite to win the Tour again, will not be able to compete any further in the race.

Two-time winner Alberto Contador is now the odds-on favourite, ahead of current yellow jersey holder Vincenzo Nibali.

Froome's withdrawal makes it a double whammy of bad news for British cycling fans after star sprinter Mark Cavendish had to pull out following a heavy fall at the end of the opening stage in Harrogate.

Who will win the 2014 Tour de France?

Chris Froome
Alberto Contador
Vincenzo Nibali
Other
Chris Froome
17.6%
Alberto Contador
35.3%
Vincenzo Nibali
29.4%
Other
17.6%
Italy's Vincenzo Nibali celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the end of the 201 km second stage of the 101th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 6, 2014 between York and Sheffield
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