The BasicsThis is Steven
The cycling career of Steven Kruijswijk began at age of fifteen at the local cycling club ‘Trap met Lust’ (now TML Dommelstreek). The first year was mainly focused on the learning aspect. He had never ridden in a peloton. However, he took to the sport immediately and soon picked up a number of honours. This success did not go unnoticed, and in his last season as a junior he was allowed to ride for ‘Westland Wil Vooruit’.
After another successful season, in which he was third at the Dutch Championships, he graduated to the continental team of Van Vliet-EHB Advocaten. He continued to have success and achieved some good results. He particularly shone in races that included lots of climbing, proving himself to be a talented and gifted climber.
Soon Rabobank asked Steven to join their training team in 2007. It was something Steven couldn’t refuse! However, his development was temporarily halted by injury and surgery left him off the bike for a few months. After returning to the bike he proved his credentials once more with his tenth place in the final classification of the Settimana Ciclista Lombarda, his second place in the Thuringen Rundfahrt and his Dutch title at the young talents.
RockingRanking up achievements
Steven Kruijswijk showed his potential in May 2010 in the Giro d’Italia. The Rabobank team selected Kruijswijk at the last moment after Oscar Freire became sick. As a neo-pro, the Dutchman placed 18th overall and showed the spot light does not bother him.
He returned to the Giro one year later and placed ninth. In his first Tour de France, he reached Paris in 33rd and third best young rider. Together with Robert Gesink and Bauke Mollema, he was part of a super trio.
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Due to injuries, Kruijswijk suffered in 2013. A year later, he was back at the top of his game. He became king of the north by winning the Arctic Race of Norway and after all the hard work, he also managed to place 15th overall in the Tour de France.
In 2015, Kruijswijk continued his great work and started in his favorite race the Giro d'Italia. In the first week he lost time, but Steven knew how to fight back. He attacked several times, and was twice close to a stage victory with two second places. He finally managed to finish with a 7th place overall in the Giro d'Italia.
Steven finished ninth in last year’s Vuelta a España. This season, he’s going to ride this prominent stage race again, but it’s not his main goal: that’s the Tour de France.
“In consultation with the team, I decided to focus on the Tour this year. The last time I rode it was in 2015, so I still know my way around in that race. It’s good to try something else again. For this, some things in my program have to be rescheduled. I have to be at my best at the beginning of the summer now.” The third week of the Tour is his main priority. “That’s when the going gets tough.”