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Steven Kruijswijk is out of the Tour de France

A fractured shoulder at the Dauphine keeps last year's third place from racing

Joe Robinson
20 Aug 2020

Tour de France podium finisher Steven Kruijswijk will miss this year's edition of the race after suffering a shoulder fracture at the Criterium du Dauphine. 

The Jumbo-Visma rider was involved in a crash with various other riders on the descent of the Col de Plan Bois on Stage 4 of the Dauphine. The Dutchman was unable to continue after it was established he had dislocated his shoulder.

His team has since confirmed that the 33-year-old also fractured his shoulder in the crash and will no longer be able to race the Tour, starting on Saturday 29th August in Nice.

'Unfortunately, the consequences of my crash in the Dauphine turned out to be more serious than hoped. To my great disappointment, I cannot participate in the Tour de France due to a fracture in the shoulder and the many abrasions,' said Kruijswijk on social media.

'I am now going to work on my recovery first and then I will focus on the Giro d’Italia as a new goal. I wish the team the best of luck in the Tour. I am very disappointed I cannot be part of it.'

Kruijswijk took third at last year's Tour behind Team Ineos duo Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas and was due to co-front a trident leadership approach at this year's race with Primoz Roglic and Tom Dumoulin.

Kruijswijk will now be replaced by Norwegian champion Amund Grondahl Jansen, who completes the team with George Bennett, Sepp Kuss, Robert Gesink, Tony Martin and Wout van Aert.

The descent of the Col de Plan Bois in which Kruijswijk crashed out of the Dauphine was criticised by a wave of riders post-stage with many calling it unacceptable for racing. The same descent also saw fellow Tour contender, Emmanuel Buchmann of Bora-Hansgrohe, abandon the race.

After the race, Dumoulin said, 'it was a disgrace that that descent was in a race. The whole descent was really tricky but the first two or three kilometres were full of gravel, potholes, bumps in the road, 15% drops down … this downhill should never be in a race.'

The following day, the riders organised a protest that saw them neutralise the first 10km of the first descent of the day.