Agony as Froome is out

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Chris Froome revealed his despair after the his Tour de France title defence ended on yesterday’s cobbled fifth stage following three crashes in two days.

After the second of two crashes on the route from Ypres to Arenberg Porte du Hinaut, Froome withdrew to the Team Sky support car.

He wrote on Twitter: “Devastated to have to withdraw. Injured wrist and tough conditions made controlling my bike near to impossible. Thanks to the team & support staff for trying to get me through today. Wishing @richie_porte & @TeamSky the best for the rest of Tour!”

Holland’s Lars Boom prevailed amid the carnage to win a thrilling stage.

The Ypres to Arenburg Porte du Hinaut stage commemorated 100 years since the start of World War One and featured many of the cobbles used in the Paris-Roubaix one-day race ‘the Hell of the North’.