Steven Kruijswijk: Apologies mean nothing if safety doesn't improve
Aug 25 2016 08:14 pm CET

Steven Kruijswijk: Apologies mean nothing if safety doesn't improve
Steven Kruijswijk: Apologies mean nothing if safety doesn't improve

Dutch cyclist Steven Kruijswijk says that the apologies offered by the organisation of the Vuelta a España, following his crash in stage 5, has little meaning.

The organisation issued a statement (read) late on Wednesday to offer its apologies for the crash, which had been caused by an unmarked pole on the road in the final kilometers and involved Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Jan Bakelants of Ag2R La Mondiale.

"I'm happy to see that they acknowledge the mistake but it doesn't help me or the sport of cycling," the rider said.

"I am now the victim of an obstacle, which was almost impossible to miss and yet wasn't spotted. It's not the first time either. In the Vuelta al Pais Vasco a similar crash happened last year. Apologies don't mean anything if the safety of the riders doesn't improve.

"As a rider you have to pay attention, but you also have to be able to rely on the surroundings in which you ride are safe," the Dutchman continued. I don't know if it's up to me to offer a solution for this recurring problem but apparently the inspections have to be even more precise.

"They'll just have to check the last ten kilometers another time then, if they keep missing these things. The UCI will just have to reserve a higher budget for that. I'm lucky that it's just my collarbone, which will heal. It could have been much worse."
Photo of Steven Kruijswijk (cropped) by Lotto NL-Jumbo.





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