Froome withdraws in Tuscany
Chris Froome pulled out of the men's road race at the World Championships in Tuscany on Sunday.
After seeing team-mate Sir Bradley Wiggins crash out following a multi-rider incident in wet conditions, Froome later decided to abandon his race early.
"There was a long way to go still and I knew it wasn't the day today," he told Sky Sports News.
"This has been a really big target for me. I've trained really hard for this. It is disappointing and to not be up there now."
Froome will, however, be able to reflect on a season that was highlighted most obviously by his success at the 100th Tour de France this summer.
"It's disappointing but having said that I've got to bear in mind that this has been an amazing season for me regardless," he said.
"This would have been a fantastic way to end it off but it is not to be."
Following the crash, Cycling Australia confirmed on its Twitter account that former Tour de France winner Cadel Evans and David Tanner had "both been taken to hospital for precautionary scans of leg injuries".