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Down But Not Out, Froome Will Start Stage 5 of Tour

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Defending champion Chris Froome suffered a scare in an early crash as Marcel Kittel continued his domination of the Tour de France on Tuesday.

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Froome injured his wrist but is able to continue after an X-ray revealed he had no problems.

He hit the deck just a few kilometers into Tuesday’s 163.5km stage four from Le Touquet to Lille.

But Sky team manager Dave Brailsford said he was fine to continue for Wednesday’s cobbled stage from Ypres in Belgium to Arenberg, and that the X-ray was merely a precaution.

“We’ve done the tests and we’re relieved,” said Brailsford.”He will start tomorrow and I hope it will be a great day.

“We took precautions, you’re always concerned when you see your leader on the ground but that’s part of sport. “I think we’ve had quite a few crashes so it’s normal to be worried but we’re going on. Chris is a fighter, he’s not someone who gives up just like that.”

His Sky team were initially worried but after a trip back to the Tour medical car, Froome continued on the stage with a splint on his left wrist.