Tom Dumoulin was harsh on Saturday about part of the course of the fourth stage in the Critérium du Dauphiné. In the descent of the first climb, Jumbo-Visma teammate Steven Kruijswijk fell, which led to a withdrawal.
“It was just a shitty day”, Dumoulin summed up shortly after the finish. “I hope Steven is okay. That descent was completely ridiculous. I’m super mad about it. This should never happen.”
“Those first few kilometers were life-dangerous. There was gravel everywhere, there were deep pits and holes everywhere. We went down almost 15 percent. It really made no sense. That this can still happen in modern cycling is truly a shame. . ”
It is still unclear whether participation in the Tour de France is in danger for Kruijswijk, whose shoulder was dislocated in his fall. “It will cost him the Dauphiné anyway and the most ideal preparation for the Tour. And maybe it will even cost him the Tour. Let’s hope not.”
Steven Kruijswijk after his crash in the descent. (Photo: Getty Images)
‘Didn’t see Roglic’s fall’
Jumbo-Visma had a bad day in the Dauphiné, because not only Kruijswijk, but also classification leader Primoz Roglic went down. The Slovenian crashed into the asphalt in the run-up to the toughest climb of the day and was able to continue his way – with quite a few scrapes on his body.
“I didn’t see that. It was an unguarded moment in a valley. After a toilet break I was sitting between the cars to get back in the peloton and suddenly he was there. It was not time to talk about it either, because the final was about to begin “, said Dumoulin.
De Limburger was again in the service of Roglic, who was in good shape. He was pleased with the way Jumbo-Visma once again dominated the race. “Fortunately I had a very good day, so it was nice to be there in the final. We checked very well as a team and show that we are a very strong collective.”