Froome to be monitored after Volta a Catalunya crash

Chris Froome suffered a nasty crash during stage two of the Volta a Catalunya on Tuesday.

The Team Sky rider was involved in a collision 36 kilometres from the end of the 166.7km route from Mataro to Sant Feliu de Guixols - which was won by Team Sunweb's Michael Matthews.

Froome, who is not battling for the general classification in Spain this week, lost a lot of skin on his right thigh, but was able to finish the stage.

Team Sky sport director Nicolas Portal said: "Froomey crashed just a couple of kilometres before we passed the finish line for the first time.

"He still doesn't really know what happened but it was a tricky corner, which had a few roadworks on the right and was also quite bumpy. Someone hit him and he slid and crashed.

"By the time he changed bike and got going the bunch was going too fast and there was no chance to come back. He is here to support Egan [Bernal] this week but it is a shame it happened.

"We could not ask another one of our guys to wait because we knew if we did this we'd have two riders less on the final climb. Today it was really important for Egan to have that support.

"It was a technical finish and we knew there could be some splits. Froomey said himself for the guys to stay at the front. Obviously we will monitor him but it seems like Froomey is okay."

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