Dutch rider Niki Terpstra.
Dutch rider Niki Terpstra. YOAN VALAT

Crash cruels Dennis' chances of Tour win

CYCLING: Australia's Rohan Dennis has missed out on the Eneco Tour title after crashing out on the final stage in Flanders.

Dennis, whose chances of winning the time trial at the Olympics were cruelled after his handlebars broke, appeared to touch wheels with another rider 48 kilometres from the finish before going down on wet roads.

The Aussie, who led the race going into the final day, tried to get back in the race but was forced to abandon, costing him the chance to take the crown.

Dutch cyclist Niki Terpstra took advantage of Dennis' misfortune to take the Tour title after finishing second to Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagenon the final stage.

The Etixx cyclist was fifth going into the race, almost half-a-minute behind Dennis.

"The plan was to attack to put BMC and Rohan Dennis in difficulty, and it worked perfectly,” Terpstra, 32, said.

Boasson Hagen beat Terpstra and Belgium's Oliver Naesen in a sprint finish to win the 197.8km stage between Bornem and Grammont.

Naesen finished second in the overall standings, with Tinkoff's Peter Sagan taking third courtesy of sixth place in the final stage.



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