Niki Terpstra stepped down in the Tour de France on Wednesday. The Dutch rider of Direct Energie crashed hard in the final phase of the eleventh stage.
Terpstra was the biggest victim of a crash in the peloton at more than 30 kilometers from the finish. He stayed on the asphalt and grabbed his shoulder.
The 34-year-old Noord-Hollander got back on the bike after ten minutes, but not much later he got on the brakes and got into a team leader's car.
Terpstra also fell badly during the Tour of Flanders this spring and was then brought to the hospital with a heavy concussion. He could then not start in Paris-Roubaix.
In addition to Terpstra, Nairo Quintana, Richie Porte and Sebastian Langeveld were also involved in the crash on Wednesday, but they were able to continue the course.
Terpstra is the seventh dropout in this Tour. Alessandro De Marchi, Patrick Bevin (both CCC), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First), Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) and Rick Zabel (Katusha Alpecin) preceded him.