Steven Kruijswijk is curious where he stands. The Jumbo-Visma rider had to miss the Tour de France due to an injury, but hopes to be able to participate in the Giro d’Italia, which starts on Saturday, for the overall victory.
“In the first week we can immediately wet our chest. The third stage has an uphill finish. For me that will be a gauge to see where I am”, Kruijswijk points out on the Jumbo-Visma website on Tuesday on the ride to the Etna.
Kruijswijk was originally going to start in the Tour as shadow leader alongside Primoz Roglic and Tom Dumoulin. However, he sustained a small fracture in his shoulder in the Critérium du Dauphiné, after which he shifted the focus to the Giro.
“I have not driven many races this year, so it will be a test. It is a nice course with a lot of difficult rides. There are also a few nice time trials. The last week will be decisive”, said Kruijswijk.
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‘Main goal is good classification with Steven’
Kruijswijk is the only leader of Jumbo-Visma in the Giro. He is supported by his teammates Koen Bouwman, Tony Martin, Christoph Pfingsten, Tobias Foss, Chris Harper, Antwan Tolhoek and Jos van Emden.
“The main goal is to ride a good classification with Steven. The team is also composed on that basis. We can assist him on several fronts. The selection is a nice mix of fast riders and boys who can ride uphill”, sports director Addy Engels says.
“With Tobias Foss and Chris Harper we have two riders who will do their first big lap. The opening week is difficult, so we will have to focus 100 percent from day one.”
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