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Froome deliberately knocked off bike

Press Association logoPress Association 9/05/2017

Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome says he was deliberately knocked off his bike by a hit-and-run driver while training in southern France.

The 31-year-old posted a picture on Twitter of his broken bike - in which the rear wheel rim was bent - 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 I'm okay. Bike totaled. Driver kept going!"

The picture was geotagged from Beausoleil in France, close to Froome's home in Monaco.

Froome is currently training for next month's Criterium du Dauphine having chosen to miss the Giro d'Italia.

Last month, former Giro d'Italia winner Michele Scarponi of the Astana team was killed when he was knocked off his bike by a van while training in Italy.

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