Steven Kruijswijk has to 'surprise' rivals in remaining Vuelta days after firing back into contention

The Dutchman pulled out an impressive time trial on stage 16 and now sits third overall

Steven Kruijswijk on stage 16 of the 2018 Vuelta a España (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) jumped from fifth to third overall in the Vuelta a España, but says that if he is to win, he will have to surprise his rivals in the five days to come.

The Dutchman has yet to reach the podium in a Grand Tour, but victory is on his mind. He is looking for a way to upset the better climbers, including race leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott).

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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.