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Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome has undergone surgery and was in intensive care Thursday a day after slamming into a wall at high speed and suffering multiple fractures.

The force of the impact during practice ahead of the fourth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine race in central France fractured his pelvis, right femur, and left him with broken ribs and a broken right elbow.

“He’s not in great shape. There are crashes and bad crashes and this was a bad crash,” said his Ineos team principal Dave Brailsford.

He said the 34-year-old Briton had undergone initial surgery which had gone well and “will remain in hospital for at least two days in Saint-Etienne” before a decision on further treatment, possibly back home in Britain, is taken.

Brailsford said Froome had no hope of competing in the Tour de France next month and his full focus was now on recovery after the horror crash which happened on a downhill stretch of road in the Loire region.

Froome was riding with Dutch teammate Wout Poels when he lost control of his bike and slammed into the wall of a house at full speed.

“We have had a look at his data, he went from 54km/h to a dead stop,” Brailsford said.

The accident happened in the village of Saint-Andre d’Apchon. Froome had taken his hands off the handlebars in order to blow his nose “and the wind’s taken his front wheel and he’s hit a wall,” Brailsford added.

Following treatment on site Froome was airlifted to intensive care at Saint-Etienne hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.

Froome’s wife Michelle Cound tweeted that she was on her way to join him there and asked fans to keep the rider “in your thoughts.”

Brailsford said that Froome had worked “incredibly hard to get in fantastic shape and had been on track for the Tour” which starts on July 6 from Brussels. The Criterium du Dauphine represents a full dress rehearsal and Froome was doing well, in eighth spot before the crash.

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Late Wednesday, Brailsford said Froome had the mental force needed in the battle for recovery that lay ahead.

“One of the things which sets Chris apart is his mental strength and resilience – and we will support him totally in his recovery, help him to recalibrate and assist him in pursuing his future goals and ambitions.”

Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme said Froome’s absence was a blow to the 2019 edition of cycling’s biggest stage race.

“The Tour de France won’t be the same without him. Chris Froome has been the central character at the Tour since 2013,” he said.

“His withdrawal changes the whole thing. Even if they have the title holder Geraint Thomas and let’s not be lured into underestimating Egan Bernal, who will be his lieutenant or possibly more,” Prudhomme said of Froome’s two Ineos teammates.

French climber Romain Bardet, who came second to Froome on the 2016 Tour de France, described the news of the extent of his fellow rider’s injuries as “dreadful”.

“I didn’t realise it was that serious,” Bardet said.

“It’s never nice when one of your rivals gets unlucky like that.”

Froome had started the year in low-key finish. He trailed in 91st in the Tour of Colombia, 94th at the Tour of Catalonia, 11th in the Tour of the Alps and 13th at the Tour de Yorkshire, leaving critics lukewarm over his 2019 Tour de France chances.

The Kenyan-born Froome, who at his best combines top level time-trialling skills with a fearsome prowess for climbing, first won the Tour in 2013 with Team Sky.

He went on to further Tour de France wins in 2015, 2016 and 2017. He also won the 2017 Vuelta a Espana and the 2018 Giro d’Italia, making him the greatest Grand Tour rider of his generation.





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The Standard – Kenya: Maurizio Sarri leaves Chelsea to join Juventus | The Standard

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Maurizio Sarri was named Juventus coach on Sunday, with the former Chelsea boss signing a three-year deal, the Serie A champions said.

Chelsea also confirmed the news of the 60-year-old Italian’s departure saying: “We would also like to congratulate him on securing the role as big as any in Serie A.”

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He secured a 3rd place finish in the premier league and wrapped up the Europa League title in his first season at Chelsea FC.

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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba suggested on Sunday that he could be open to a move away from the Premier League side, telling reporters in Tokyo that now “could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else”

The Frenchman has been linked in the British media with a move to Real Madrid to work with coach Zinedine Zidane, or with a return to his former club Juventus.

Pogba’s time at Manchester United has coincided with some insipid performances on the pitch and organisational turmoil at the club.

“Like you said, there is a lot of talking and a lot of thinking as well,” Pogba, 26, told reporters in Tokyo.

“For me I have been for three years in Manchester and have been doing great; some good moments and some bad moments, like everybody. Like everywhere else.

“After this season and everything that happened this season, with my season being my best season as well… I think for me it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else.”

“I am thinking of this: to have a new challenge somewhere else.”

Pogba, who moved to Old Trafford from Juventus for a then-world record transfer fee of 89.3 million pounds in August 2016, has seen Jose Mourinho replaced as coach by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during his time at the clu

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Although inconsistent, the World Cup winner has scored 24 goals in 92 appearances for United and was named in last season’s PFA Premier League Team of the Year.






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Daniel Kiptum from Nandi County retained his title as the winner of the sixth edition of the Deaf Half Marathon held today, June 16, 2019 in Kericho.

The Gold medalist of 2017 Sumsun Deaflympic Games held in Turkey finished first in an impressive time of 1:11.16 edging out Lucas Wandia who came in second in a time of 1:11.58 and David Njeru who finished third in 1:12.00.

“I am happy to have defended my tittle successfully in the today’s marathon. Having elite athletes in the marathon made the completion very stiff. I will continue training hard ahead of the 1st Africa Deaf Athletics Championships which will be held in Kasarani in September,” said Daniel Kiptum.

In the women’s 21km category, Juster Moraa Kwamesa successfully retained her tittle cutting the tape in 1:42.01. Following closely was Priscah Naibin at 1:42.09 with Rebeca Matiko clocking 1:55.5 to finish third.

The annual event also included the 10KM races for both men and women where Geoffrey Kamia won in the men’s category in a time of 36:00 followed closely by Gilbert Kirui in 36:02 and Dennis Kiprop in third position at 37:00.

Kakamega’s Jentrix Dindi won in the women’s 10KM in a time of 47:46 with Mercy Moraa and Viola Jelimo coming in second and third places at 47:50 and 48:18 respectively.

The event saw the winners in the half marathon walk away with KES.100, 000, KES 50,000 and KES 30,000 respectively. The 10KM race saw the first three awarded KES 50,000, KES 40,000 and KES 30,000 respectively in cash prizes. Besides the cash prizes, the winners also got a direct qualification to the 1st African Deaf Championship scheduled to be held in Nairobi.

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“We have had a good event today and we congratulate the winners. The event is of great significance in our calendar because it lets us know the form our athletes are in before the season begins. Those who finished in the top three in both 21KM and 10KM have automatically qualified for the 1st Africa Deaf Athletics Championships which will be held at Kasarani later this year,” said Bernard Banja, Secretary General, Deaf Athletics Association of Kenya (DAAK).

Safaricom sponsored the race to a tune of KES 2.5 million. The race brings together deaf athletes from all corners of the country providing them a platform to display their talent.






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