Fall ends Hoffman's Classics hopes

CSC Classics leader Tristan Hoffman is set for a long lay-off after suffering an open fracture to hi

CSC Classics leader Tristan Hoffman is set for a long lay-off after suffering an open fracture to hi
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Tristan Hoffman's Spring Classics season is over before it has even begun. Last year's runner up in Paris-Roubaix crashed about 85 kilometres into the Belgian season-opener Het Volk on Saturday and suffered an open fracture to his left tibia, writes Susanne Horsdal. The Dutchman was first taken to hospital in Geraardsbergen but later transferred to the University Hospital in Ghent where he underwent surgery on Saturday night. "Tristan has suffered an open fracture to his tibia and it'll be quite a while before he'll be back on his bike," said CSC team doctor Joost de Maeseneer. For 35-year-old Hoffman the injury is a devastating blow to what he has said will be his last season in the pro peloton. It is also a severe setback for his Danish team, who had been counting on Hoffman's leadership in the cobbled Classics. "This is very, very unfortunate. Tristan Hoffman was one of the riders we had counted on for the spring races and a rider with a lot of experience," said team manager Bjarne Riis. Het Volk was won by Quick Step's Nick Nuyens, who went clear 15 kilometres from home, taking advantage of the close marking done on his team leader Tom Boonen by rival squads. "I love the position of underdog in this team," said Nuyens, who was followed in 14 seconds later by Boonen. 1 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quick Step 201km in 5.06.00 (39.41kph) 2 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 0.14 3 Steven de Jongh (Hol) Rabobank 4 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Chocolade Jacques 5 Bert de Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 6 Uros Murn (Slo) Phonak 7 Roy Sentjens (Hol) Rabobank 8 Max van Heeswijk (Hol) Discovery Channel 9 Karsten Kroon (Hol) Rabobank 10 Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
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