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Chris Froome says he will “try to get through” the second stage of the Tour de France on Sunday after being injured in a major crash on the opening day.

The Briton, a four-time Tour de France champion, was among the worst affected when more than 50 riders came to grief 8km from the end of stage one.

Scans showed he avoided any fractures, but Froome said he is suffering from “a lot of swelling and bruising”.

“I’m pretty sore this morning,” the Israel Start-Up Nation team rider said.

“I’ll try to get through today, just survive today’s stage and hope that over the coming days it starts to feel better.”

Talking to broadcasters in a pre-race interview before stage two, 36-year-old Froome said he initially “feared the worst” when he hurt his chest and left leg in the crash.

“I couldn’t move the left peg initially but I think it was just the big impact,” he said.

“I was in a lot of pain and I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to pedal.”

Earlier on Sunday, Froome described the opening day as “definitely one crazy stage”.

“One moment everything was fine heading towards the finish in the last 10km, at 60-70km/h, then a touch of wheels in the peloton and it was carnage with 50 or 60 riders on the floor.

“Unfortunately there was nowhere for me to go. I braked as hard as I could but I just went into the back of the guys who crashed in front of me.

“I spent the whole evening in the hospital, but all’s good.”

Froome finished stage one 14 minutes down on winner Julian Alaphilippe.

The seven-time Grand Tour winner, riding as a domestique for the Israel Start-Up Nation team led by Canadian Michael Woods, has been trying to regain form since suffering multiple fractures in a crash in 2019.

He recently said he did not expect to be competing for victory at the Tour this year after spending the early season working as a domestique.

“I have worked so hard to get back to this race – I don’t want to just give that up,” Froome said on Sunday.

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