Two fractures ended Chris Froome's Tour de France defence

British cyclist Chris Froome confirms that the injuries that forced him to abandon his Tour de France defence were fractures to his left wrist and right hand.

Chris Froome has confirmed that the injuries that forced him to withdraw from the 2014 Tour de France were fractures to his left wrist and right hand.

The British rider had to surrender his defence of the prestigious road race title after falling on Tuesday's fourth stage and twice more in Wednesday's wet conditions.

He flew back to his South of France headquarters later that night to undergo medical checks and scans have since revealed the extent of the damage suffered by the Team Sky cyclist.

He tweeted on Friday evening: "MRIs done, confirmed fractures to the left wrist & right hand. Time for some R&R..."

Froome, 29, may target September's Tour of Britain to make his return.

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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