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by Shane Stokes
May 2, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Kristoff wins third Eschborn-Frankfurt; Alarcón takes double success in Vuelta Asturias; Williams, Ryan win Dana Point GP events in California; Bouhanni recovering from ‘big concussion’; Incredulity about new Giro d’Italia competition; Six-week suspension for Moscon over racist abuse; Quintana’s backup named for Giro d’Italia; Orica-Scott takes on ‘tricky mix’ with team goals for Giro d’Italia; Kruijswijk targeting podium or better Giro d’Italia; Geoghegan Hart pays tribute to former teammate Young; UCI suspends Continental Team Elkov-Author Cycling; Tracey Gaudry appointed CEO of the Hawthorn Football Club; Simon Jones speaks about new Cycling Australia role as High Performance Unit Director; Stars of the future?
Having crashed while in the pink jersey in last year’s race, Steven Kruijswijk has said he will start the event on Friday with high ambitions and expectations.
“Last year, I crashed two days before the end of the race,” the Dutchman said. “I lost the highest achievable: the pink jersey. Nevertheless, I know what I’m capable to after that Giro and I want to compete again for a good result.
“We continued working hard to get the most out of it. It was great to wear the pink jersey last year. Now, I wish to finish on the final podium and preferably as high as possible.”
The LottoNL-Jumbo rider could have won had he not fallen on a snow-lined descent, but finally finished fourth overall.
He will be backed by new teammates Stef Clement and Jurgen van den Broeck, as well as Twan Castelijns, Jos van Emden, Bram Tankink, Martijn Keizer, Victor Campenaerts and Enrico Battaglin.