Surgery for optimistic Terpstra

By Susan Westemeyer Niki Terpstra's Olympic adventure came to an abrupt end last Sunday morning,...

By Susan Westemeyer

Niki Terpstra's Olympic adventure came to an abrupt end last Sunday morning, when he went down in the Beijing traffic on his way to the Velodrome. According to Team Milram, the youngster broke both elbows and his right wrist is also very swollen. He is scheduled for surgery on Thursday morning in Breda, Netherlands, but the Dutch 23 year-old is already looking to the future.

"They will operate on my left elbow and put screws in it. But they are only doing that because I am a pro cyclist and absolutely need to use that joint," he told Cyclingnews. "For a hobby cyclist they would let it heal without an operation."

"The only good thing, if you can say that at all, is that the season is as good as over," he continued. "I hope it heals quickly so that I can start next season fit and pain-free."

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