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Terpstra given Dwars Door Vlaanderen leadership

Niki Terpstra will lead Team Milram's charge in today's Dwars Door Vlaanderen. The 'Race across Flanders' serves as an important warm-up for the Northern Classics, and the 24-year-old Dutchman is keen to impress in the 200 kilometres from Roeselare to Waregem.

"Niki Terpstra is in very good form right now and absolutely wants to ride the one-day races in Flanders, in order to be perfectly prepared for the April Classics," said Gerry van Gerwen, Team Milram's general manager. "On Thursday, together with Peter Wrolich and Servais Knaven, he will ride the most important parts of the Ronde van Vlaanderen route, to leave nothing to chance."

Last year Terpstra just missed a top 10 and finished 12th, while teammate Markus Eichler finished a few seconds back in 16th.

Team Milram for Dwars Door Vlaanderen: Robert Förster, Markus Eichler, Thomas Fothen, Artur Gajek, Servais Knaven, Niki Terpstra, Martin Müller and Peter Wrolich.