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Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) is out of the 2019 Vuelta a España.
The 32-year-old Dutchman, who finished fourth overall at the race last year, has abandoned the Spanish Grand Tour due to lingering pain in his knee after he and several teammates crashed in the stage 1 team time trial.
Fresh off an overall podium finish at the Tour de France, Kruijswijk started the Vuelta in the mix as a GC contender, alongside teammate Primoz Roglic. He and his Jumbo-Visma teammates started Saturday’s opening TTT as the odds on favorites to take the win, but disaster struck shortly after the squad rolled through a patch of wet roads.
Taking a corner moments later, the lead rider hit the deck, bringing the three riders behind him down as well. Kruijswijk was among the riders crashing in the incident.
The team remounted relatively quickly and completed the TTT with a respectable time loss of 40 seconds to stage winners Astana. For Kruijswijk, however, the fall left him nursing a knee injury that has not gone away over the ensuing days.
With Kruijswijk’s departure, Primoz Roglic becomes Jumbo-Visma’s sole GC leader at this year’s Vuelta.