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Steven Kruijswijk

28 May 2011 15:09

Going to top 10 the Giro in excellent company.

There's now a genuine debate to be had as to where he and Gessink rank against each other - Krujswijk has ridden competatively against guys Gessink doesn't beat either - Scarponi, Nibali, Menchov, Rodriguez and Kreuziger all in the same ball park, on a very tough route.
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28 May 2011 15:13

That was impressive again, after last year.
Was just thinking:"If there was another week, he would win it." :D

This guy was getting stronger and stronger every day, and even in final week, like der Jan.
Sad GTs only have three weeks.
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28 May 2011 15:14

Also, my bad, not going to top 10 - I'd assumed Nieve & HTCGCUnit7 were going to lose more time.
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28 May 2011 15:16

Waterloo Sunrise wrote:Also, my bad, not going to top 10 - I'd assumed Nieve & HTCGCUnit7 were going to lose more time.


Huh, I thought he was just in front of Nieve on the ninth spot
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28 May 2011 15:20

Waterloo Sunrise wrote:Also, my bad, not going to top 10 - I'd assumed Nieve & HTCGCUnit7 were going to lose more time.


That ranking was wrong, he's just ahead of Nieve by 1 second
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28 May 2011 15:20

The Sheep wrote:That ranking was wrong, he's just ahead of Nieve by 1 second


Excellent, apols then, post 735 in the stage thread threw me.
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28 May 2011 15:20

Given the level of competition this Giro, and how prominent he has been, I'd have to say Kruijsie on well on his way to replacing TGBM as the #2 Dutch GC man. Mollema managed 12th last year, and that was a Top-10 filled with the likes of Porte, Pinotti and Kiserlovski.
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28 May 2011 15:23

Moondance wrote:Given the level of competition this Giro, and how prominent he has been, I'd have to say Kruijsie on well on his way to replacing TGBM as the #2 Dutch GC man. Mollema managed 12th last year, and that was a Top-10 filled with the likes of Porte, Pinotti and Kiserlovski.


But unlike at least some of them, Mollema did not have the benefit of being in the L'Aquila break. Although I agree, what Kruijswijk showed this giro does appear to be better than what Mollema showed last year
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28 May 2011 15:23

He must recover really well, he has only improved during the Giro. Wasn't he quite bad on the Etna stage?
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28 May 2011 15:24

So far both Gesink and Mollema have shown far more than Kruijswijk. But sure an impressive ride by him. Hopefully he will be able to continue to improve from here. It is always a good sign if young riders manage to do well in a 3rd week of a GT.
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28 May 2011 15:27

Dutchsmurf wrote:So far both Gesink and Mollema have shown far more than Kruijswijk. But sure an impressive ride by him. Hopefully he will be able to continue to improve from here. It is always a good sign if young riders manage to do well in a 3rd week of a GT.


If he improves from here, he'll be the 3rd best GC rider very quickly - he already seems to be solidly in the everyone bar Bertie & Andy club, which give his age, and apparent disposition for recovery and lasting 3 weeks, bodes extremely well.
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28 May 2011 15:28

Barrus wrote:But unlike at least some of them, Mollema did not have the benefit of being in the L'Aquila break. Although I agree, what Kruijswijk showed this giro does appear to be better than what Mollema showed last year


True. If the l'Aquila stage doesn't transpire the way it did, Mollema may have ridden a Top-10 too.

But I'm talking about how he did it. Mollema never finished a MTF with the best men that Giro. He kept the losses minimized, but whenever Basso, or Evans, or Scarponi, got going that Giro, TGBM went backwards.

Kruijsie has shown himself fully capable of at least holding his own to the likes of Neebs, Scaponi & Menchov when it comes to climbing. That's much more impressive than anything Mollema showed last year.
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28 May 2011 15:29

Waterloo Sunrise wrote:HTCGCUnit7


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28 May 2011 15:30

Rabo will have a good team in future grand tours. Kruijswijk is the new TGBM, TGBM is the new Gesink, and Gesink is the new Joost Posthuma.
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28 May 2011 15:31

goggalor wrote:Rabo will have a good team in future grand tours. Kruijswijk is the new TGBM, TGBM is the new Gesink, and Gesink is the new Joost Posthuma.


Well said






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28 May 2011 15:32

Well now he knows he has to wait for the 3rd week to try something :)
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28 May 2011 15:32

Moondance wrote:True. If the l'Aquila stage doesn't transpire the way it did, Mollema may have ridden a Top-10 too.

But I'm talking about how he did it. Mollema never finished a MTF with the best men that Giro. He kept the losses minimized, but whenever Basso, or Evans, or Scarponi, got going that Giro, TGBM went backwards.

Kruijsie has shown himself fully capable of at least holding his own to the likes of Neebs, Scaponi & Menchov when it comes to climbing. That's much more impressive than anything Mollema showed last year.


Oh yes, I certainly agree with this. However in order to be a real GC rider he will have to improve the first few weeks. He finished fantastically, but did lose some time on MTF in the earlier part of the giro, or am I wrong in my recollection? However, the manner in which he appeared to recover does really bode extremely well. I just hope they let him take a different route from Mollema and don't just use him as a domestique for Gesink:(
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28 May 2011 15:35

Barrus wrote:Oh yes, I certainly agree with this. However in order to be a real GC rider he will have to improve the first few weeks. He finished fantastically, but did lose some time on MTF in the earlier part of the giro, or am I wrong in my recollection? However, the manner in which he appeared to recover does really bode extremely well. I just hope they let him take a different route from Mollema and don't just use him as a domestique for Gesink:(


He lost 2:21 on Contador on the Etna, and about 1:30 on guys like Nibali, Sivtsov and Kreuziger, finishing 29th. He also lost a lot of time on the stage to Castelfidardo, he was in the break all day, but caught in the final, and lost 1:25. If he hadn't tried anything that day he would be comfortably in the top-10, but it was a good try anyway.
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28 May 2011 15:35

Barrus wrote:Oh yes, I certainly agree with this. However in order to be a real GC rider he will have to improve the first few weeks. He finished fantastically, but did lose some time on MTF in the earlier part of the giro, or am I wrong in my recollection? However, the manner in which he appeared to recover does really bode extremely well. I just hope they let him take a different route from Mollema and don't just use him as a domestique for Gesink:(


He lost quite a lot of time in the Castelfidardo stage which Gadret won, almost 1'30.

Although he lost it because he went on the offensive in the break, and was shelled when the break was reeled in.
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28 May 2011 16:04

Kruiswijk was defenitely great this Giro, very impressive today and yesterday especially. Don't know how he compares to Mollema and Gesink though..

Going to be interesting for Dutch cycling with Gesink, Mollema and Kruiswijk. Let's just hope the three of them don't stick around at Rabo forever.
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