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Another injury setback for Terpstra

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A failed pre-production component in Niki Terpstra's Specialized Roubaix was to blame for his crash at this year's Paris-Roubiax

A failed pre-production component in Niki Terpstra's Specialized Roubaix was to blame for his crash at this year's Paris-Roubiax
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Niki Terpstra and Tom Boonen have a laugh

Niki Terpstra and Tom Boonen have a laugh
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Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors)

Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors)
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Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors)

Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors)
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Van Avermaet, Gilbert and Terpstra on the Flanders podium

Van Avermaet, Gilbert and Terpstra on the Flanders podium

Niki Terpstra recently returned to training after his crash in Paris-Roubaix but was forced to take more time off the bike after picking up a second injury. A torn arm muscle will keep him off the bike for a few more days.

The Quick Step Floors rider crashed due to the failure of a pre-production piece mistakenly used by Specialized in the suspension of his bike at Paris-Roubaix. "It's still not going well," Terpstra told the radio program NH Sportcafe.

"I was badly bruised from head to toe. I'm actually surprised I did not break anything, considering the impact of the fall."

The 33-year old was finally allowed to start training last week. "I'd been cycling for not too long and got a tear in my triceps, so I have to rest for a few days now," he said.

He now aims to do well at the national championships the end of June. "The end of the season also has some nice races, and I hope to ride the Vuelta in preparation for the World Championships. That was also good for me last season."