Froome crashes, sustains possible wrist injury

Chris Froome fell off his bike and bruised his left hip, shoulder, knee and elbow.

FILE: Chris Froome. Picture: AFP.

LILLE France - Defending champion Chris Froome crashed during the fourth stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday, sustaining bruises as well as a possible wrist injury.

The Briton fell off his bike five kilometres into the 163.5-km ride from Le Touquet but quickly got back after bruising his left hip, shoulder, knee and elbow.

Froome, fifth overall two seconds behind Italian Vincenzo Nibali, crashed on the same side during last month's Criterium du Dauphine.

He received treatment from race doctor Florence Pommerie and was being helped back into the peloton by his Sky team mates.

"He's got bruises on his left side. He must be hurting a little," said Pommerie.

"His wrist is also hurting," she added, explaining further assessment would be done later.

Another overall contender, Dutchman Baike Mollema, was caught up in the crash, but did not seem injured.