Chris Froome is in intensive care after undergoing surgery for injuries he sustained at the Criterium Du Dauphine.
His team principal Dave Brailsford said the six-time Grans Tour winner is "not in great shape" after suffering serious multiple fractures, ruling him out of this year’s Tour de France in July.
Froome took his hand off his handlebars to blow his nose and was travelling at 54km/h when a gust of wind caught his front wheel, causing him to hit a wall.
He was airlifted to Saint-Etienne University Hospital for surgery.
The 34-year-old has suffered a fractured right femur, a broken hip, a fractured elbow and fractured ribs and lost consciousness following the crash.
There is no indication at this stage that Froome sustained any head injury or concussion.