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.