After an medical examination in The Netherlands, Piet Rooijakkers (Skil Shimano) appears to have two broken ribs. The Dutch rider crashed on Saturday in the fourth stage of the Quatre Jours de Dunkerque. In that stage Rooijakkers, abandoned the race because of breathing difficulties and pain in his body.
Rooijakkers will be three weeks out of competition, but because of the nature of the fracture, he might be back racing a bit earlier. Rooijakkers is the third rider of the Skil-Shimano team who has an injury. Kenny van Hummel (two broken dorsal vertebrae) and René Weissinger (broken bone in his hand) are also temporary out of competition.