Steven Kruijswijk

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Steven Kruijswijk
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Kruijswijk in the most aggressive classification jersey at the 2014 Tour of Alberta
Personal information
Full name Steven Kruijswijk
Born (1987-06-07) 7 June 1987 (age 29)
Nuenen, Netherlands
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 66 kg (146 lb; 10.4 st)
Team information
Current team LottoNL–Jumbo
Discipline Road
Role Climber
Professional team(s)
2006 Van Vliet–EBH Advocaten
2007–2009 Rabobank Continental Team
2010– Rabobank

Steven Kruijswijk (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈsteːvən ˈkrœysʋɛik]; born 7 June 1987) is a Dutch road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam LottoNL–Jumbo.[1]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 2007 Kruijswijk began riding for the Rabobank Development Team. In 2009 he won the Under 23 category of the Dutch National Road Race Championships.

Rabobank (2010-)[edit]

In 2011, Kruijswijk finished 8th overall in the Giro d'Italia. He then won Stage 6 in the Tour de Suisse and also finished third overall.

In 2014, Kruijswijk took overall victory at the Arctic Race of Norway, his first career victory.

Kruiswijk (left) wearing the Blue Jersey at the 2015 Giro d'Italia

In 2015, Kruijswijk led Team LottoNL–Jumbo at the Giro d'Italia. Although he lost time in the first week, Kruijswijk rode a strong second half of the race, with finishing second to Mikel Landa on Stage 16 from Pinzolo to Aprica which was the queen stage of the race, and eventually finishing seventh overall, 10 minutes and 53 seconds down on Alberto Contador.[2] Kruijswijk held the Blue Jersey as leader of the Mountains Classification from Stages 16–18, and placed third in that competition behind Giovanni Visconti.[3]

Kruijswijk wearing the Maglia Rosa at the 2016 Giro d'Italia

In 2016, Kruijswijk again rode the Giro d'Italia, which began with three stages in the Netherlands. On the queen stage of the race, Stage 14 from Palmanova to Cividale del Friuli, Kruijswijk finished second behind Esteban Chaves (Orica–GreenEDGE) to take the overall lead by 41 seconds over Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team).[4] On Stage 15, a mountainous time trial finishing on Alpe di Suisi, Kruijswijk again finished second, this time to Alexander Foliforov (Gazprom–RusVelo) to increase his lead to 2 minutes and 12 seconds over Chaves, as Nibali encountered mechanical issues, and dropped to third overall, 2 minutes 51 seconds behind Kruijswijk.[5] Stage 16 from Bressanone to Andalo saw Kruijswijk again finish second, behind Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) and he increased his lead over Chaves to 3 minutes.[6] However, on Stage 19 Kruijswijk crashed on the descent of the Colle Dell'Agnello whilst following an attack by Nibali and Chaves, landing on a bank of snow to the side of the road. Although he was able to continue, Kruijswijk finished the stage almost five minutes down on Nibali and more than four minutes behind Chaves, thus dropping to third overall.[7] He visited hospital after the stage where it was confirmed he had broken 2 ribs in the crash.[8] Nonetheless, he started Stage 20 where he lost further time and dropped behind Valverde to fourth overall.[9] He finished the Giro in fourth overall.[10] In July, Kruijswijk signed a two-year contract extension with the team.[11]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

2007
1st Prologue Tour Alsace
2008
6th Overall Cinturó de l'Empordà
2009
National Under–23 Road Championships
1st MaillotHolanda.PNG Road race
2nd Time trial
2nd Overall Thüringen Rundfahrt der U23
4th Internationale Wielertrofee Jong Maar Moedig
6th Time trial, UEC European Road Championships
8th Overall Tour of Ireland
10th Overall Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda
2010
8th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
2011
3rd Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 6
8th Overall Giro d'Italia
2012
8th Overall Tour de Suisse
9th Overall Tour of Utah
2013
10th Overall Tour of Alberta
2014
1st Jersey blue.svg Overall Arctic Race of Norway
7th Overall Tour de Langkawi
2015
5th Overall Tour de l'Ain
7th Overall Giro d'Italia
Held Jersey blue.svg after Stages 16–18
7th Overall Tour of Britain
10th Volta Limburg Classic
2016
4th Overall Giro d'Italia
Held Pink jersey after Stages 14–18
5th Overall Tour de Yorkshire
2017
7th Overall Volta a Catalunya
8th Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 18 8 26 DNF 7 4
A yellow jersey Tour de France 33 15 21
A red jersey Vuelta a España 41 DNF

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