Chris Froome is having surgery after sustaining "multiple serious injuries" in a high-speed crash during the Criterium du Dauphine race.
Team Ineos said the British rider hit a wall during a reconnaissance before stage four of the competition and has now withdrawn from the world-famous Tour de France that begins on 6 July.
Roane Hospital confirmed the four-time Tour winner had suffered a broken femur, fractured elbow and fractured ribs in the crash in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes.
Froome was later taken to St Etienne University Hospital and has been undergoing surgery.
Team boss Sir Dave Brailsford earlier told cyclingnews.com: "It sounds like he was at the foot of the descent, and it's obviously very gusty today, and he took his hands off the bars to blow his nose and the wind has taken his front wheel.
"He's hit a wall at 60kph or something like that, he's got a bad fracture, he's badly injured."
Brailsford later said: "Our primary focus now is obviously on ensuring Chris gets the very best possible care, which he will do, so he can recover as soon as possible.
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"One of our big strengths on this team is coming together in difficult moments, and we will ensure we do everything possible to support Chris and his family.
"Even though we all recognise the risks involved in our sport, it's always traumatic when a rider crashes and sustains serious injuries. Chris had worked incredibly hard to get in fantastic shape and was on track for the Tour, which unfortunately he will now miss."
Froome's wife Michelle said on Twitter that he crashed while scoping out the route for Wednesday's time trial around Roanne in central France.
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