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Niki Terpstra in hospital with serious injuries after training crash

Dutchman airlifted to hospital after training crash that saw him swerve to avoid geese

Joe Robinson
17 Jun 2020

Double Monument winner Niki Terpstra is in hospital with extensive injuries after suffering a heavy crash while training.

The 36-year-old was moto-pacing behind some friends between Enkhuizen and Lelystad in his native Netherlands when he had to swerve to avoid geese. Terpstra then hit a rock which caused him to crash.

The Direct-Energie man was airlifted to hospital where he received intensive care treatment for a collapsed lung, concussion, broken ribs and broken collarbone. 

Thankfully, the rider's wife Ramon Terpstra confirmed via social media that he 'is not in mortal danger' but will remain in hospital for the coming days.

The previous Paris-Roubaix and Tour of Flanders winner was preparing for the season restart, specifically the Tour de France, that starts in August, and the Classics which now take place in October.

However, these serious injuries will likely bring an end to his 2020 season.

It will come as a disappointment to the cobbled classics specialist who has suffered from an array of injuries over the past few seasons.

After signing for the French ProTeam Direct Energie in 2019, having spent eight successful seasons with Deceuninck-QuickStep, Terpstra crashed out of the Tour of Flanders suffering a concussion. He then returned to race the Tour de France later in the year only to crash again, this time sustaining a fractured scapula.

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