Sports director Merijn Zeeman of Jumbo-Visma is very disappointed that Steven Kruijswijk will be missing from the Tour de France next week. The rider suffered a fracture in his shoulder last week during his crash in the Critérium du Dauphiné.
“Steven has done everything in recent months, sacrificed everything, to appear at the start of the Tour de France in top form,” says Zeeman on the official channels of Jumbo-Visma on Thursday.
"He was perfectly on schedule, but top sport is tough. It is a huge disappointment that we cannot continue with our plan."
Jumbo-Visma would start with three leaders in the Tour: Kruijswijk, Primoz Roglic and Tom Dumoulin. Kruijswijk is replaced by Amund Grøndahl Jansen.
"Amund is well prepared and will fully commit to the team and the leaders," said Zeeman, who has confidence in the Norwegian's qualities.
Kruijswijk, who fell on Saturday during a descent in the fourth stage of the Dauphiné, with his shoulder also dislocated, finished third in the Tour last year. He will now focus on participating in the Giro d'Italia in October.
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