Chris Froome recovery almost 'complete' after horrific accident

The former Tour de France winner has said he is on the road to recovery after his horrific accident. Photo by ALAIN JOCARD/AFP via Getty Images

Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome has said his recovery from a horrific accident last year is nearly complete and his training load is back to normal as he prepares for when competition resumes after the coronavirus outbreak.

Speaking during a Team Ineos virtual race on Sunday, Froome described his recovery as "going really well" as he waits out the coronavirus lockdown at home in France.

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"I'd go as far as saying it's pretty much complete," the 34-year-old British rider said.

"I am still doing some exercises off the bike just to strengthen that right side that was injured but I'm back to normal training loads again."

Froome spent more than three weeks in hospital after breaking his neck, femur, elbow, hip and ribs when he crashed into a wall at high speed while training for the Criterium du Dauphine last June.

The accident happened when he took his hands off the handlebar to blow his nose and was hit by a gust of wind.

He returned to competition in February at the UAE Tour, a race that was cut short by the coronavirus.

International racing has been suspended until at least June 1, with May's Giro d'Italia as well as the Milan-Sanremo, Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix and Liege-Bastogne-Liege classics all having been postponed because of the pandemic.

But Tour de France organisers are focusing on a postponement of the June 27-July 19 race rather than a cancellation, according to an email seen by Reuters on Saturday which was sent to the publishers of the official Tour programme.

Since returning home, Froome said life had revolved around family and training.

"Staying really busy with the kids every day and doing as much training as I can on the turbo trainer (stationary bike) and a lot of gym work as well," he added.

"We're all driving each other mental but getting through it."