Two punctures and a crash end Chris Froome's attempt to take first win since 2018 at Tour du Rwanda

Chris Froome's last victory was the 2018 Giro d'Italia. The Israel - Premier Tech rider has been racing the Tour du Rwanda this week and found himself alone off the front on stage 5, but was faced with bad luck.

"I'm going to keep fighting every day. Even just to be here, to be racing and pushing is good for the next races, for the preparation," Froome said after completing his effort. The Briton saw himself on the breakaway of the day, and eventually alone out front in the hilly stage. He had the goal of hunting the stage win, but his tilt at the front was ended by two punctures in quick succession. He was caught by the peloton, and later a crash spelled a disastrous end to his day.

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"I'm really happy to be here. I'm realistic, I'm not going to be winning this Tour of Rwanda because I'm not in the top shape to win the races yet. My big target will be in July for the Tour de France so now starts my preparation for July," he said of the day.

After five stages Froome sits 21st in the overall classification. The race is being led by Soudal - Quick-Step's development rider William Junior Lecerf, with three stages remaining in Africa's premier race.

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