• Team Sky's Chris Froome. (Getty)Source: Getty
Three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome has been deliberately "rammed" by a motorist while training in France.
Cycling Central

9 May 2017 - 7:40 PM  UPDATED 9 May 2017 - 9:24 PM

Froome (Team Sky) today posted an image of a bent and broken bike to his 1.2 million Twitter and over half a million Facebook followers, saying the incident was a hit and run.

Team Sky said the Monaco-based Froome had continued his training session after returning home to get a spare bike.

He is training for June's Criterium du Dauphine, his familiar warm-up event before the Tour de France between July 1-23. He is favourite to win the event for a third successive year.

The incident comes only two weeks after the death of 2011 Giro d'Italia winner Michele Scarponi (Astana) who was run over by a motorist when training near his home in Filottrano, Italy. 

Scarponi laid to rest in Filottrano
Thousands of mourners turned out on Tuesday for the funeral of Michele Scarponi as the Astana rider was laid to rest in his hometown of Filottrano.