Chris Froome says he was intentionally knocked off motorcycle by hit-and-run driver

Chris Froome has said he was deliberately knocked off his bike by a hit-and-run driver while training in southern France

Chris Froome has said he was purposely knocked off his motorcycle by a hit-and-run driver while training in southern France.

The three-time Tour de France winner posted a picture of his broken bike on Twitter but said he was not hurt in the incident.

The Team Sky rider wrote: Just got rammed on purpose by an impatient driver who followed me onto the pavement! Thankfully Im okay. Bike totaled. Driver kept going!

Chris Froome (@ chrisfroome)

Just get rammed on purpose by an impatient driver who followed me onto the pavement! Thankfully I’m okay Bike totaled. Driver kept going! pic.twitter.com/ o7FT4iXsAo

May 9, 2017

The picture was geotagged from Beausoleil in France, close to Froomes home in Monaco. His Pinarello Dogma F1 0 bike appeared to be damaged beyond repair.

Team Sky said the 31 -year-old had returned home to get a spare bike and had continued his educate following the incident, which will be reported to the police.

Last month, 2011 Giro dItalia winner Michele Scarponi of the Astana team was killed when he was knocked off his bike by a van while training close to home in Italy. Scarponi had been preparing for this years Giro, where the Mortirolo climb has now been named in his honour.

Also last month, Wanty-Groupe Gobert rider Yoann Offredo posted images on social media of himself severely bloodied, saying he had been the victim of an attack while out riding with two friends in the Chevreuse Valley, south west of Paris.

Froomes Team Sky team-mate Geraint Thomas, who is competing at the Giro dItalia, told cyclingweekly.com: Its a reminder, it shows how dangerous it can be. I merely considered it five minutes before get off the bus. It didnt seem good at all. Ill speak to him later today.

Spanish rider Mikel Landa, who is also riding at the Giro for Team Sky, added: You cant always be scared when you are riding on the roads, but with the situation like you see today with Froome, you think a lot about how we are at risk on the road. I had goose bumps( seeing the photograph ). I thought about Scarponi. In road traffic accidents, we are always going to be the one whos worse off.

Froome is preparing for this years Tour, where he will be seeking a fourth title in five years and third in a row. He finished 18 th in the Tour de Romandie in Switzerland at the end of last month, and his next race is expected to be the Critrium du Dauphin a race he won ahead of each of his Tour victories in 2013, 2015 and 2016 in the early stages of June. The Tour de France starts in Dsseldorf on 1 July.

Read more: www.theguardian.com

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