Team Milram's bad luck at the Ster Elektrotoer in The Netherlands continued Friday, when 29 year-old Dennis Haueisen crashed in the feed zone and was taken to hospital. Haueisen's departure means that Milram now has just three riders remaining in the event after Italian Luca Barla had to leave on Thursday because of a shoulder injury.
The team had only brought five starters instead of the usual eight, due to injuries to Artur Gajek and Ukrainian Volodymyr Diudia. "Fortunately Dennis had only bruises and scrapes on his hips and back from the crash," said Milram directeur sportif Raoul Liebregts. "We start the race with only five riders. In the last two days we have lost two of them."
The three surviving riders are Germans Markus Eichler and Dominik Roels, plus Italian Alberto Ongarato.