Steven Kruijswijk pulls out of Tour de France following fall

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – Dutch cyclist Steven Kruijswijk, who finished third in last year’s Tour de France, said yesterday he will not take part in this year’s race after fracturing a bone in his shoulder during the Critérium du Dauphiné.

Kruijswijk, who rides for the Jumbo-Visma team, wrote on Twitter that the injury from a fall in the Dauphiné on August 15 was worse than previously thought.

“I am now going to work on my recovery first and then I will focus on the Giro d’Italia as a new goal,” he said.

Kruijswijk’s decision means that the second- and third-place riders from last year’s Tour de France will not be participating in this year’s race. On Wednesday, the INEOS team announced that Geraint Thomas, who finished second last year behind teammate Egan Bernal, will not be in its team for the coronavirus pandemic-hit Tour that starts
August 29.

Bernal will lead an INEOS team that is also missing four-time champion Chris Froome.

Another Jumbo-Visma rider, Primoz Roglic, also fell in the Dauphiné and withdrew from the race before the final stage.

File photo shows Britain’s Geraint Thomas, Netherlands’ Steven Kruijswijk and Spain’s Alejandro Valverde crossing the finish line during the 15th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 185 kilometres with start in Limouc and finish in Prat d’Albis, France. PHOTO: AP