Monaco resident Chris Froome has moved back to the Principality to recuperate in a rehabilitation centre following his serious crash, the four-times Tour de France champion has told the BBC.

The Team Ineos rider, 34, will not be able to return home for several weeks, as treatments continue for fractures to his neck, right femur, an elbow ribs and a broken hip. he said the move was a first step in a long recovery.

The accident happened at 54km/h when he took a hand off his handlebars to blow his nose and hit a wall. A surgeon who operated on him at St-Etienne University Hospital said that Froome is likely to spend at least six months away from competitive cycling.

PHOTO: Chris Froome (BBC)