Specialized takes blame for catastrophic component failure that caused Niki Terpstra’s Paris-Roubaix crash

American company says "miscommunication" led to Terpstra's bike having pre-production steerer cartridge for race

Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) after crashing in Paris-Roubaix

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Specialized has taken full responsibility for the crash that put Niki Terpstra out of Paris-Roubaix, after a pre-production part suffered a catastrophic failure on the cobbles.

Terpstra crashed on the Maing to Monchaux-sur-Écaillon cobbled sector, with dramatic photos of the incident showing that his stem and steerer tube had detached, sending the Dutchman over his detached bars and on to the cobbles.

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