Steven Kruijswijk has suffered a fractured pelvis and collarbone after crashing out of the Critérium du Dauphiné within the opening kilometres of stage 2 to La Chaise-Dieu, making all of it however sure he won’t be collaborating within the Tour de France this July.
The Jumbo-Visma rider was among the many fallers in a crash that additionally noticed Steff Cras (Complete Energies) and Romain Combaud (Group DSM) abandon the race.
Kruijswijk had been anticipated to be a key workforce participant for Jumbo-Visma in subsequent month’s Tour de France, the place teammate Jonas Vingegaard strains out as defending champion. Kruijswijk, who positioned third general on the 2019 Tour, crashed out of final yr’s race on stage 15 to Carcassonne.
DSM additionally reported post-stage that Combaud had suffered main accidents within the crash, struggling a damaged collarbone and shoulder blade.
The 35-year-old had been named in Jumbo-Visma’s provisional line-up for this yr’s Tour alongside Vingegaard, Wout van Aert, Sepp Kuss, Christophe Laporte, Dylan van Baarle, Tiesj Benoot and Nathan Van Hooydonck.
Wilco Kelderman, who was dominated out of final month’s Giro d’Italia by means of harm, is the primary reserve for Jumbo-Visma’s Tour de France line-up and should now must step as much as change Kruijswijk.
Jumbo-Visma directeur sportif Merijn Zeeman confirmed on the weekend that Giro d’Italia winner Primož Roglič won’t race the Tour de France, with the Slovenian as a substitute set to deal with the Vuelta a España and Il Lombardia within the latter a part of the season.
“Earlier than the season we pencilled in that he would additionally experience the Vuelta, so that’s actually a viable possibility,” Zeeman advised Algemeen Dagblad. “Primož would additionally actually prefer to experience and win Il Lombardia. He actually has these qualities.”
Jumbo-Visma have dispatched the majority of their Tour squad to the Dauphiné, the place Vingegaard is placing the ending touches to his preparation for July. Van Aert will race at subsequent week’s Tour de Suisse, whereas Kuss, who performed a key position in Roglič’s Giro win, is just not anticipated to race once more till the Tour.
🇫🇷 #DauphinéSteven broke his collarbone and suffered a pelvic fracture in a crash simply after the beginning of the second stage.Get effectively quickly, @s_kruijswijk! 🍀June 5, 2023