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Steven Kruijswijk abandons Vuelta a Espana as a result of Stage 1 crash

Joe Robinson
27 Aug 2019

Dutchman struggling with knee injury caused in opening day's team time trial

Tour de France podium finisher Steven Kruijswijk has abandoned the Vuelta a Espana due to a knee injury sustained in a crash during the Stage 1 team time trial.

The Jumbo-Visma rider was forced to stop midway through Stage 4 between Cullera to El Puig, complaining of soreness in his knee.

The injury was sustained on the opening day of the race when Kruijswijk and his Jumbo-Visma teammates were involved in a high-speed crash on a bend during the team time trial in Torrevieja.

The Dutch team hit a wet patch on the road that was caused by a local fish restaurant cleaning its floors.

It saw a number of the team slide out into the barriers. They eventually crossed the finish line 40 seconds adrift of stage winners Astana, despite starting the day as favourites. 

However, the big loss for the team will now be the abandonment of Kruijswijk who was tipped as a pre-race favourite for the red jersey.

The 32-year-old started the Vuelta off a first Grand Tour podium at the Tour and was hoping to repeat that feat in Spain, or at the very least support co-leader Primoz Roglic.

Unfortunately, neither will now be possible as the Dutchmen returns home.