Kruijswijk increases lead in the Giro pubblicato il 24/05/2016



Kruijswijk increases lead in the Giro


LottoNL-Jumbo’s Steven Kruijswijk strengthened his lead in the general classification of the Giro d'Italia today. The pink jersey was second in the short stage behind Alejandro Valverde, taking bonus seconds and time on his rivals further down the climb into Andalo.

 

He leads by three minutes on Esteban Chaves (Orica - GreenEDGE) and 3-23 on Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). Vincenzo Nibali (Team Astana) lost time and dropped to fourth place in the standings.

 

The stage began quickly. In the first hour, the riders covered almost 50 kilometres. Some riders tried to get away on the flat, but could not make a gap. The bomb exploded on the Passo della Mendola: a group of six riders including Jungels (Etixx - Quick Step) and Kangert (Team Astana) broke away.

 
Everybody attacked

"We hit the first mountain hard. Everybody attacked," said Sports Director Addy Engels. "Movistar and later Astana tried, and then a group of six riders got away. The gap to Steven was not very big and he's closed the gap himself. Battaglin stayed with him for a long time. At the top, he sat right behind the group with Chaves, but he couldn’t close the small gap due to the high tempo.

 

“We are more than satisfied after today because Steven picks up time to the competition. His level is very high. This is not only consolidating the lead but increasing it without having to launch an action himself."

 

Felt good
After the Passo della Mendola, the Brabander reacted to an attack by Valverde and put Nibali in trouble.

 

"I felt good and attacked on the last mountain along with Valverde," said Kruijswijk. "Nibali could no longer follow and Chaves was already in pursuit. I wanted to give the team a victory but sprinting against Valverde is difficult. I had no chance.

 

“Obviously, I wanted to win time for the standings. I sat the whole day where I needed to, but I also had to work hard to get into the leading group. The situation in the race was prefect and the time gain is sweet. Over the next few days, the stages are flat but then you have to be very careful."

 

The stages Wednesday and Thursday are almost flat. On Friday, the stage finishes on a first category climb and Saturday, the stage covers three climbs of first category.
 


Steven Kruijswijk in maglia rosa al 99° Giro d'Italia   © PHOTO CREDIT: ANSA - PERI / DI MEO / ZENNARO

Steven Kruijswijk in maglia rosa al 99° Giro d'Italia   © PHOTO CREDIT: ANSA - PERI / DI MEO / ZENNARO

Steven Kruijswijk in maglia rosa al 99° Giro d'Italia   © PHOTO CREDIT: ANSA - PERI / DI MEO / ZENNARO

Steven Kruijswijk in maglia rosa al 99° Giro d'Italia   © PHOTO CREDIT: ANSA - PERI / DI MEO / ZENNARO

Steven Kruijswijk in maglia rosa al 99° Giro d'Italia   © PHOTO CREDIT: ANSA - PERI / DI MEO / ZENNARO

Steven Kruijswijk in maglia rosa al 99° Giro d'Italia   © PHOTO CREDIT: ANSA - PERI / DI MEO / ZENNARO
 




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