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Kruijswijk leads Team LottoNL-Jumbo at Vuelta a Espana
18 august 2016
The Dutchman aims to repeat Giro d'Italia's feats. His teammate Gesink comes back to racing after the crash at Tour de Suisse
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Almost three months after his "pink dream" at the Giro d'Italia, where he placed fourth overall after leading the GC for five days, Steven Kruijswijk will be Team LottoNL-Jumbo's headliner at the Vuelta a Espana. The final grand tour of the year, on stage from August 20th to September 11th in Spain, with start in Balneario Laias and finish in Madrid.
Kruijswijk is confident in view of one of the World's biggest stage-races. "We're going to Spain with a strong team. We have riders who can assist me uphill, but also men who will support me on the flats. The main goal is to fight for the classification. It is nice that the big GC guys will start in the Vuelta, that gives me motivation and I can measure myself against the best" the Dutchman said.
Robert Gesink will also be racing at the Vuelta after missing the central part of the season (including Tour de France) due to a nasty crash at Tour de Suisse: "The Vuelta is an important race towards 2017. I start without high expectations and hope to find my recovery ability and support the team."
Team LottoNL-Jumbo's line-up: Steven Kruijswijk, Robert Gesink, Bram Tankink, Jos van Emden, Koen Bouwman, Victor Campenaerts, Martijn Keizer, Enrico Battaglin en George Bennett.
Bianchi equips Team LottoNL-Jumbo with four models, starting with brand-new Oltre XR4, the innovative aero racing bike featuring Countervail Carbon Vibration-Cancelling Technology, with a dedicated tuning in order to provide maximized aero advantage and control at high speeds. The Dutch team also rides Specialissima, Infinito CV and TT Aquila CV.