Dutch cyclist Niki Terpstra suffered multiple injuries in a training crash in the Netherlands on Tuesday, and was helicoptered to hospital.
The Total Direct Energie rider’s wife, Ramona Terpstra, confirmed the bad news.
“Niki crashed hard today during a bike workout. He’s in the hospital and will have to stay here for a few more days. He is not in mortal danger but he will need time to recover,” she said.
The Dutch news outlet NOS reports that Terpstra and several training partners were motor pacing behind a scooter when the group encountered several geese. Crashing into a ditch, Terpstra hit a large rock and sustained non-life-threatening injuries, including a collapsed lung, a concussion, broken ribs, and a fractured clavicle.
On Wednesday, team officials said that Terpstra remains in intensive care, but should be able to leave the hospital in two or three days. Team doctors confirmed that the Dutch rider suffered head trauma, a fractured clavicle, and contusions to his back, and will be sidelined for between 10 to 12 weeks.
The 36-year-old has won Paris-Roubaix and Tour of Flanders, and he had the Tour de France and the northern classics on his revised 2020 calendar.