Yates takes Dauphine lead as Froome suffers suspected broken femur
The stage four time-trial was won by Team Jumbo-Visma’s Wout Van Aert.
The stage four time-trial was won by Team Jumbo-Visma’s Wout Van Aert but Yates did enough to take the yellow jersey and move into the overall lead.
The Mitchelton-SCOTT rider has a four-second lead over Dylan Teuns heading into Thursday’s fifth stage.
But it was the news of Froome’s injuries – a fractured right femur, a fractured elbow and fractured ribs – that dominated the day as he was taken to hospital following a crash before the start of Tuesday’s stage and will miss the Tour de France next month.
Team Ineos confirmed in a statement that the four-time Tour winner had come off his bike during a reconnaissance of the day’s ride and had withdrawn from the race before later revealing the full extent of his injuries.