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Crash Van Aert overshadows excellent time trial Kruijswijk

Crash Van Aert overshadows excellent time trial Kruijswijk

Steven Kruijswijk has done a good job with regard to the overall classification in the Tour de France. The leader of Team Jumbo-Visma rode an excellent time trial in Pau and deservedly finished in sixth place at 45 seconds from stage winner and overall leader Julian Alaphilippe. In the overall standings, Kruijswijk moved up to third place at 2.12 of the Frenchman.

Kruijswijk’s performance was overshadowed by a big crash of teammate and Belgian time trial champion Wout van Aert. Van Aert was riding an excellent time trial and seemed on his way to a fast time, but in the final kilometres he crashed hard in a corner after having hit a barrier. He was taken to hospital by ambulance, as he was suffering from a deep flesh wound on his right upper leg.

“After Wout’s crash I had to quickly change my focus. It is unfortunate that it happened. You don’t want it to happen to anyone”, Kruijswijk said. “I think I did a great time trial myself. The course was ideal for me and the feeling was pretty good. I knew that the first part suited me best with all those short, tough climbs. The last part was a lot less steep. It went very well until the second intermediate point. I expected to give in some time at the end. The time differences are still very small and I expect that the remainder of the Tour will be exciting. For now, I am third overall and doing well.”

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