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by Mark Zalewski
April 20, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Valverde takes record fifth Flèche Wallonne with characteristic surge; Anna van der Breggen pulls a hattrick in Flèche Wallonne; Thomas leads 1-2 Sky finish in Tour of the Alps, taking over race lead; Durasek wins snow-shortened stage at Tour of Croatia and takes lead; From hip fracture to Ardennes Classics contention: Ashleigh Moolman Pasio’s fight back from injury; Leif Hoste wins appeal against fine in doping case; Terpstra resumes training; Cycling safety advocate killed in collision with vehicle; Full Cycle returns to Australian TV from tonight; Video: La Flèche Wallonne highlights; Video: Why is it so hot inside a velodrome?; Video: Cycling South America.
Dutchman Nikki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) has resumed training following his crash at Paris-Roubaix that forced him to abandon the race.
What might have been had Terpstra’s steerer tube not broken? We’ll unfortunately never know. Photo: Cor Vos.
“There’s no more traces of blood [in the urine], so I can again pick up my training,” Terpstra told De Telegraaf.
The crash resulted in a bruised kidney, similar to the injury Philippe Gilbert suffered at Amstel Gold Race, but less severe so not requiring the lengthy recovery as the Belgian champion. Gilbert suffered a slight tear in his kidney and will have to be off the bike for two weeks.
The crash was a result of a failed part in the steerer tube on his Specialized bicycle. The company has since taken full responsibility saying the part was a pre-production model that should not have still been on his bicycle, but was there due to a miscommunication between the manufacturer and the team.
Specialized CEO Mike Sinyard personally apologised to Terpstra for the incident.
Click through to read more at De Telegraaf.