Niki Terpstra left a crack in his shoulder blade on Wednesday after his hard fall in the eleventh stage of the Tour de France. The Dutch rider of Direct Energie therefore had to leave.
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 immediately grabbed his shoulder.
The 34-year-old Noord-Hollander got back on the bike after ten minutes, but not much later still got on the brakes and got into a team leader's car.
"It was a massive crash, which allowed me to brake on time, but behind me that wasn't the case, which pushed me up and crashed. I ended up full on my head and shoulder," he told Toulouse.
"I don't know anymore that I lay there for a moment. I also have a slight concussion, but nothing else. I didn't panic, it was only the pain that I felt. Now I'm mainly concerned with that too "The Tour and Terpstra are not a happy story again. It is worthless to leave the Tour like this. Now let's see what the rest of the season looks like."
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.
❌ @NikiTerpstra abandons today's stage The other riders are back in the peloton.❌ The plus touché dance la chute, Niki Terpstra doesit abandonner. Les autres drivers sont rentrés dans le peloton. # TDF2019Avatar
Terpstra seventh dropout in this Tour
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.
It is the second time in eight participations that Terpstra has to leave the Tour prematurely. He did not make it to Paris in 2010 either, when he was struggling with a high fever.
Terpstra could not play a leading role in this Tour. He was once in an escape and was only the number 160 in the general classification, more than an hour and a half behind the jersey wearer Julian Alaphilippe.
In addition to Terpstra, Nairo Quintana, Richie Porte and Sebastian Langeveld, among others, were involved in the crash on Wednesday, but they were able to continue the race and ultimately lost no time.
The eleventh stage was won by Caleb Ewan. After 167 kilometers between Albi and Toulouse, the Australian of Lotto Soudal beat Dylan Groenewegen (second) narrowly in the mass sprint.
See also: View the rankings of the Tour with Kruijswijk in fourth place