Steven Kruijswijk pulls out of Tour de France following fall

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Dutch cyclist Steven Kruijswijk, who concluded third in very last year’s Tour de France, explained Thursday he will not consider portion in this year’s race right after fracturing a bone in his shoulder during the Criterium du Dauphine.

Kruijswijk, who rides for the Jumbo-Visma group, wrote on Twitter that the personal injury from a tumble in the Dauphine on Aug. 15 was even worse than earlier thought.

“I am now likely to do the job on my restoration initially and then I will concentration on the Giro d’Italia as a new purpose,” he explained.

Kruijswijk’s choice signifies that the second- and 3rd-put riders from previous year’s Tour de France will not be collaborating in this year’s race. On Wednesday, the INEOS team announced that Geraint Thomas, who concluded second final calendar year driving teammate Egan Bernal, will not be in its team for the coronavirus pandemic-hit Tour that starts Aug. 29.

Bernal will guide an INEOS crew that is also missing four-time champion Chris Froome.

A different Jumbo-Visma rider, Primoz Roglic, also fell in the Dauphine and withdrew from the race right before the closing stage.

Steven Kruijswijk pulls out of Tour de France following tumble originally appeared on NBCSports.com

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