Froome halts 2022 season preparations due to knee injury

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Cycling - Tour de France - Stage 9 - Cluses to Tignes - France - July 4, 2021 Israel Start-Up Nation rider Chris Froome of Britain in action during stage 9 REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

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Jan 3 (Reuters) - Chris Froome's preparations for the 2022 season have suffered a setback due to a knee injury, the four-times Tour de France champion said.

The Briton said scans had revealed damage to a tendon and he suggested the condition "flared up" due to his aggressive pre-season training routine.

"For the last 10 days or so I've been getting quite a lot of pain on the outside of my knee while I'm pedalling," Froome said on YouTube.

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"Unfortunately I think getting back into training these past couple of weeks I might have been a little bit too keen, pushing a little too much.

"I'm not too sure where I'm going to start the racing season. This is definitely going to push everything back slightly."

Froome spent more than three weeks in hospital after breaking his neck, femur, elbow, hip and ribs in a high-speed crash in 2019.

The 36-year-old competed in the Tour de France in 2021 with Israel Start-Up Nation, finishing in 133rd place.

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Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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