Why Steven Kruijswijk could be the rider to upset the big Giro d’Italia favourites

The Dutchman reflects on the disastrous crash that cost him Giro victory last year, and says he's determined to make amends

Steven Kruijswijk on stage 16 of the 2016 Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

The sun's rays cut easily through the thin air in Tenerife where Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) prepares to win the 2017 Giro d'Italia.

The fair-skinned ginger Dutchman keeps a bottle of SPF 50 sun block in his back pocket and when he breaks from his altitude training, sprays more on his exposed legs, arms and face. After coming close to winning the 2016 edition of the Italian Grand Tour, he minds every detail during this crucial build up period.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.