Tour de France - Steven Kruijswijk: I can be proud of this
Jul 27 2019 11:25 pm CET

Tour de France - Steven Kruijswijk: I can be proud of this
Tour de France - Steven Kruijswijk: I can be proud of this
Photo of Steven Kruijswijk by Jumbo-Visma

Jumbo-Visma's Steven Kruijswijk has finished in the third position of the General Classification after the 20th stage of the Tour de France.

The Dutch rider was in the fourth position at the start of the day, behind Julian Alaphilippe and Geraint Thomas, who were in the second and third place, respectively. At the last climb of the day, Alaphilippe was dropped quite soon, which made it possible for Thomas and Kruijswijk to climb one GC position and almost confirm their spot on the podium in Paris, next to the winner Egan Bernal.

"We did everything that was possible," said Kruijswijk to Dutch broadcaster NOS. "This is how it was supposed to be, it couldn't be better. I have always kept hope and kept fighting. With the team, we believed in it.

"We had to work and the boys did a great job. In the end, it was very though and everyone was at their limit. I had to fight to the finish, but I'm very happy that it worked out."

The rider was not really concerned about Alaphilippe's performance in the penultimate stage of the race. "To be honest, I knew that we would catch him, but you always have to wait and see."

But Kruijswijk had to keep an eye in Emanuel Buchmann, who also wanted to reach the third position of the overall standing. "He was always in my back, like a shadow. I just had to finish this and take the podium position. I will be very happy when we ride into Paris tomorrow, this is what I came for. I can be proud of this."




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