Cycling-Froome left with 'shredded elbow' after getting 'doored'

  • Cycling
  • Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022

FILE PHOTO: 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/File Photo

(Reuters) - Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome said he was left with a "shredded elbow" after slamming into a car door that opened just as he was riding past.

Froome said in a video on TikTok that he got "doored" on a ride in Monaco on Sunday.

"Which means as I was riding along, someone in a parked car opened their door right in front of me. It was literally about a metre in front of me, I didn't even make it to my brakes," he added.

"I hit the door and went flying over."

The 37-year-old British rider urged people to use the "Dutch Reach" method when opening doors to help avoid injuries to passing cyclists.

Rather than using the hand closest to the door to open it, the Dutch Reach sees drivers and passengers use their far hand, allowing them to swivel and check behind them as they exit into traffic.

"Use the Dutch Reach, it's extremely helpful and causes a lot less pain to us cyclists and it's a very simple thing for you guys to do," Froome added.

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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