London - Chris Froome has ended up in hospital for the second time this year after cutting his thumb with a kitchen knife.
The four-time Tour de France winner required surgery on Friday night to repair the tendon in his left thumb.
Froome has already spent time in intensive care this year after
suffering a catalogue of injuries in a horror crash during a recon ride
at the Criterium du Dauphine in June.
The latest setback is far less serious and the 34-year-old was able to see the funny side in a social media post.
"Stupidly cut my thumb with a kitchen knife and had to have surgery
to put the tendon back together last night," the Team Ineos rider wrote
"Stuck giving a thumbs up for a couple of weeks. This is not my year. Can't wait for 2020."
Froome had only returned to riding a bike at the end of August
following his crash in June, doing a couple of short track sessions as
he continues what promises to be a lengthy rehabilitation.
His June crash left him with a fractured right femur, a fractured elbow and fractured ribs, instantly ending his season.
Froome has set himself a target of returning to full fitness in time
for the 2020 Tour de France, where he wants to target what would be a
record-equalling fifth title.