Tom Dumoulin has judged hard on a part of the course of the fourth stage in the Critérium du Dauphiné on Saturday. 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-threatening. Gravel everywhere, deep pits and holes everywhere. We went down almost fifteen 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 Dauphine, 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,” said Dumoulin.
“It was also not the time to talk about it, because the final was about to start. Fortunately I had a very good day, so it was nice that I was still there. We checked very well as a team and show that we have a very good day. be a strong collective. ”
Dumoulin drove again on Saturday for classification leader Primoz Roglic, who also crashed, but was able to continue his way and lost no time.