Chris Froome conscious after surgery but rider remains in intensive care

Tour de France winner underwent surgery after a high-speed crash and Team Ineos manager Dave Brailsford said no timescale will be put on his return

Chris Froome has successfully come through surgery following his highspeed crash but the four-time Tour de France champion is expected to remain in intensive care for the next two or three days and no timeframe has been put on his rehabilitation.

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Froome came off his bike and hit a wall at 37mph on Wednesday while examining a time trial stage route in the Critrium de Dauphin. The Team Ineos rider sustained multiple fractures, including a broken femur, elbow and several ribs. He required extensive surgery overnight in a hospital in St Etienne.

First things first, the surgery was a success, the Team Ineos doctor, Richard Usher, said on Thursday afternoon. The operation, which lasted for six hours, went very well.

Chris woke up this morning and was reviewed by the intensive care consultants and the orthopaedic specialist who operated on him and theyre both very happy with his progress to date. Chris will remain in hospital for the next few days for observation, but he is already actively engaging in discussing his rehabilitation options, which is very encouraging.

The Team Ineos manager, Dave Brailsford, also spoke to reporters before the fifth stage of the Dauphin on Thursday. He had surgery to repair his femur, his hip, his elbow, he said. Hes got broken ribs, a little bit of internal damage as well, so hes staying in intensive care for the next couple of days and then well go from there.

Hes being very well looked after. Our doctor is with him now and [Froomes wife] Michelle is with him. Well keep monitoring the situation and see how it develops.

Brailsford added that it was too soon to talk about rehabilitation or a timescale for Froomes return to the sport. First things first, he said. For now, lets just concentrate on today and getting him through today, and then tomorrow etc and see how this situation develops from there. The first thing in all these situations is to get that first stabilisation, that first phase of medical surgery done really and then go into the recovery process.

As Froome continued to receive messages of support from the cycling fraternity, he also received some unexpected good news with the announcement that he may be retrospectively awarded first place in the 2011 Vuelta a Espaa, making him Britains first Grand Tour winner.

Froome had originally finished second in the Vuelta, ahead of Bradley Wiggins who went on to win the Tour de France the following year in an apparent first for British cycling. But the International Cycling Union announced on Thursday that the winner at the time, Juan Jos Cobo, has been found guilty of a doping violation. The Spaniard has a month to appeal against the verdict. If it is upheld by the court of arbitration for sport, however, he will be stripped of his title and it will be handed to Froome.

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