Niki Terpstra will miss Paris Roubaix after suffering 'severe concussion' in Tour of Flanders crash

The Direct Energie rider was knocked unconscious after crashing early on in the race

Niki Terpstra after crashing in the 2019 Tour of Flanders (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images) / Niki Terpstra in hospital (Instagram)

Niki Terpstra (Direct Energie) is set to miss this year's Paris-Roubaix after crashing in Sunday's Tour of Flanders and suffering a severe head trauma, with the the rider kept overnight in hospital as a precaution.

Terpstra was looking to defend his Tour of Flanders title but was involved in a crash that knocked him unconscious with 157km left to race, as the peloton approached the Oude Kwaremont.

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