Jumbo-Visma thinks that the role of Steven Kruijswijk in the general classification of the Vuelta has not yet been played. De Brabander lost almost two minutes in the first stage in line.
The number three of the last Tour de France started as shadow leader of Jumbo-Visma on the Vuelta, while Primoz Roglic is the number one of the Dutch team.
Kruijswijk was unable to compete with the best climbers on the final climb and ended up at 1.43 minutes behind stage winner Nairo Quintana. The loss of time was, according to team leader Grischa Niermann, mainly due to the fall in the team time trial.
"Steven had a bad day today and had a lot of problems with his knee," the German said on the team's website. "He crashed into the fences yesterday. Steven would have liked to have been in a different position after two days, but his ranking is certainly not over yet."
Primoz Roglic sprinted to third place in Calpe. (Photo: Getty Images)
"Roglic was irritated after falling"
Roglic did good business in the stage to Calpe. He finished third and climbed from 99th to fifth place in the rankings. The backlog that he suffered with Jumbo-Visma in the team time trial has largely been erased. He is 36 seconds behind Nicolas Roche.
"Primoz was also stimulated after yesterday," said Niermann. "We can say that after yesterday's deception we are well back in the game. George Bennett was also very good at the front and, just like Primoz, was really good."
Unlike Kruijswijk, Roglic did not suffer any physical damage from the fall of Saturday. "I had little trouble with the crash and I am very pleased with this third place and with the time saving. After the Giro d'Italia I have not raced outside the national championship, so I did not know what my form would be like. This is encouraging and gives confidence. "
The Vuelta continues Monday with a stage from Ciudad del Juguete to Alicante. Along the way are two climbs of third category, but it is expected that it will come to a mass sprint.