Crashes cost Canyon Eisberg’s Joe Fry on first race of 2018 at Dorpenomloop Ruchpen

PUBLISHED: 13:04 13 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:14 13 March 2018

Potters Bar's Joe Fry suffered two crashes on his 2018 debut.

Potters Bar's Joe Fry suffered two crashes on his 2018 debut.

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Potters Bar’s Joe Fry suffered a tough day at the office in his first race of 2018.

The former Welwyn Wheelers man was racing for his Canyon Eisberg team at the UCI Dorpenomloop Ruchpen event in the Netherlands.

But two crashes before the race hit halfway put pay to any hopes of securing a positive result and despite fighting back to the peloton both times, he eventually retired from the race.

He wasn’t the only one to hit the deck as team-mate Rory Townsend was also upended in the feed zone and climbed off immediately.

Fortunately neither man seems to have picked up any lasting damage, which will be a relief to Fry who suffered an injury-hit season in 2017.

Andrew Tennant was the team’s best finisher, crossing the line 25th in a fractured main field.

Axeon Hagens Berman’s Mikkel Bjerg took the victory.

Canyon have a couple more races on the continent before their first major British event in Chorley next month.

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