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Milram’s sprinter Wim Stroetinga out with broken hand

Milram sprinter Wim Stroetinga broke his right hand in a crash at the GP Denain Thursday, and is expected to be away from racing for several weeks.

The 24 year old’s fracture was confirmed Friday at a hospital in Amstelveen, Netherlands. He was one of several riders, including three of his teammates, who went down in a final kilometer crash.  Stroetinga will have surgery next Wednesday.

“I got off to an unlucky start this season anyway,“ he said in a team communique. “I was continually set back by illness and now I have this injury.  That is all very bitter but in sport, it can happen.  The crash couldn’t be predicted.  We have a good sprint train built up and were in an optimal position for the closing sprint.  All of a sudden there was a sideways jerk through the field and it caught us.“

Milram stars Gerald Ciolek and Fabian Wegmann also have been plagued by injury and illness this spring.

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