Kruijswijk stays focused in first Alps stage Tour de France

Kruijswijk stays focused in first Alps stage Tour de France

Steven Kruijswijk has passed the first Tour de France stage in the Alps well. The leader of Team Jumbo-Visma lost a place in the general classification, however, although the time gap with the yellow jersey of Alaphilippe remained the same. The stage started without Tony Martin. The exclusion of the German was appealed, but that decision was not reversed before the peloton started the stage.

After a quick opening phase, a group of 33 riders escaped, including Amund Jansen and Mike Teunissen of Team Jumbo-Visma. The remaining escapee Nairo Quintana took the stage win. On the Col du Galibier, Kruijswijk was able to follow the pace of his competitors, but this group let Egan Bernal go. The Colombian finished more than half a minute ahead of the group with Kruijswijk. As a result, the 32-year-old Dutchman dropped one place in the GC.

“I got through the day well”, Kruijswijk said. “In the descent of the Galibier it was all hands on deck for a while. When Alaphilippe returned, it was important to limit the damage to Bernal. I also did not want to take too many risks. The fact that it started to rain in the end, was not ideal. It was a grueling day with those three long climbs. Nobody dared to go early, because they were afraid to pay the price. Although I didn’t feel great, I survived the stage.”

George Bennett crashed twice and was medically checked. No major injuries were found.

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