Steven Kruijswijk: 'I learned a lot from 2016 Giro d'Italia experience'

The Dutchman says the final week of the 2020 Giro is the hardest he's seen in a Grand Tour

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) says he has learned from his Giro d'Italia experience in 2016 which saw him lose the overall lead after a dramatic crash on stage 19 of the race.

The Dutchman heads into the 2020 Giro on Saturday for only the second time since he came close to winning the race overall four years ago. Kruijswijk led the race by three minutes heading into the mountain stage on stage 19, which ascended the 2733m high Colle dell'Agnello before finishing on the category one climb to Risoul. Chasing his nearest rivals Esteban Chaves and Vincenzo Nibali over the top of the Agnello, Kruijswijk crashed into a snowbank on the side of the road on the descent of the climb, and failed to chase back on, eventually finishing 16th and losing 4-54.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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