Defending champion Terpstra crashes out of Tour of Flanders

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Defending Tour of Flanders champion Niki Terpstra crashed out of the gruelling one-day race (AFP Photo/DIRK WAEM)

Defending Tour of Flanders champion Niki Terpstra crashed out of the gruelling one-day race

Defending Tour of Flanders champion Niki Terpstra crashed out of the gruelling one-day race (AFP Photo/DIRK WAEM)

Oudenaarde (Belgium) (AFP) - Defending Tour of Flanders champion Niki Terpstra crashed out of the gruelling one-day race on Sunday.

Dutchman Terpstra hit the tarmac with several other riders 160km from the finish of the 266-kilometre slog from Antwerp to Oudenarde over a route that takes in 24 sharp climbs, many cobbled.

Terpstra stayed down for several minutes after the crash, his Direct Energie team confirming he had been taken to hospital.

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