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15 Sep 2018 08:11

I think that's more because of the lack of altitude training. Eg he didn't prepare specifically for the Vuelta. He just tried to take his Tour form into the race
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15 Sep 2018 16:17

Logical result. He was good but not good enough for top 3. Next year full focus on Giro or Vuelta and start fresher. Then podium is possible
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15 Sep 2018 16:36

Dekker_Tifosi wrote:Logical result. He was good but not good enough for top 3. Next year full focus on Giro or Vuelta and start fresher. Then podium is possible


I was really rooting for him for either a stage win or a podium. And in the end, he's left with nothing, again. Must be hard for him.
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15 Sep 2018 16:36

Still a good season with a fifth and a fourth in grand tours.
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16 Sep 2018 05:51

Painful to watch in the end, but I don't think he's got any regrets this time. He attacked when he could. Lopez and Mas were overall stronger than him in this race. I think this is an amazing performance considering he'd ridden the Tour before and how easy this Vuelta route was.

Next year back to the Giro please.
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16 Sep 2018 14:32

5th at the Tour de France & the Vuelta a Espana are quite nice results for him. It confirms the 2016 Giro d'Italia was no fluke at Kruijswijk can indeed be up there with the big guns. Especially given he rode back to back grand tours this year and still was in contention for a podium spot in Spain and close to winning on legendary Alp d'Huez!

Next year Kruijswijk should lead Jumbo in Italy with full force. Keep Bennett and Kuss as super-domestiques for Roglic in France. But then, build a whole team around Kruijswijk at the Giro with Tolhoek, Gesink, De Plus, De Gier, Van Emden etc and try to win the damn thing. No Van Poppel please.
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16 Sep 2018 16:35

Will be interesting to see if he goes back to his conventional program after the success of 2018.
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16 Sep 2018 16:47

Well, one of Kruijswijk-Landa-Bardet just has to go all in at the 2019 Giro d'Italia! Especially since Simon P. Yates might try the Tour de France in 2019 and the new kids on the block like Bernal are arriving quite powerful. It won't be Bardet and it's not 100% Landa's choice either. So hopefully, Kruijswijk is the man.

Once Sky decides to give Bernal team leadership at the Giro d'Italia that whole calculation changes of course.

Edith reminds me that Movistar actually gave everyone a good lection not to throw all eggs in the Tour de France basket this year, with Carapaz 4th place at the Giro d'Italia being der best gt result. So others might have learned.
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16 Sep 2018 19:25

staubsauger wrote:Well, one of Kruijswijk-Landa-Bardet just has to go all in at the 2019 Giro d'Italia! Especially since Simon P. Yates might try the Tour de France in 2019 and the new kids on the block like Bernal are arriving quite powerful. It won't be Bardet and it's not 100% Landa's choice either. So hopefully, Kruijswijk is the man.

Once Sky decides to give Bernal team leadership at the Giro d'Italia that whole calculation changes of course.

Edith reminds me that Movistar actually gave everyone a good lection not to throw all eggs in the Tour de France basket this year, with Carapaz 4th place at the Giro d'Italia being der best gt result. So others might have learned.

According to La Gazzetta Simon Yates actually wants to ride the Giro because he has unfinished buisness with the race, but who knows what the team wants...
I still think that Steven will probably go for the Giro and that's great news.
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16 Sep 2018 20:50

Would absolutely love it Kruijswijk and Yates went to the Giro again. Seems Mas wants to go for the Tour....
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16 Sep 2018 22:53

Red Rick wrote:Would absolutely love it Kruijswijk and Yates went to the Giro again. Seems Mas wants to go for the Tour....


Yep and Thomas will probably go for the Giro

Really hope Steven K gets a podium next year
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17 Sep 2018 04:40

Matt White fairly much confirmed S.Yates will ride the Giro and Patrick LeFevre stated Mas will ride the Giro.
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19 Sep 2018 18:39

Lotto NL have posted this.

Video: Steven's Vuelta:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wu43LOVC6k
Image Quack!
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19 Sep 2018 19:34

They have my sympathy, since their fighting spirit and especially that of Steven is inline with my belief. Bravo and hope to see Lotto NL fighting hard next year again!
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