Team Milram has lost its first rider at this year’s Tour de France as Dutch champion Niki Terpstra did not start Tuesday’s stage 3. A cold and fever forced to 26-year-old from Haarlem, Netherlands, to abandon.
“I am very disappointed and will now go back to my family, to get well again. Since Saturday I have been suffering from a cold and fever, and it just hasn’t gotten better,” Terpstra said in a team statement. “I especially had a lot of plans for the first stage. It was an honor for me to start in my homeland in the Netherlands champion’s jersey. The mood along the course was an unforgettable experience for me.”