Kruijswijk to target Tour de France
Steven Kruijswijk has decided to miss the Giro d'Italia in 2018 so that he can focus all his efforts on the Tour de France.
The 30-year-old Dutchman led the 2016 Giro d'Italia for five days but his victory hopes came to an end when he crashed on stage 19.
The LottoNL-Jumbo rider still managed to finish fourth overall, his best Grand Tour finish. He was set to clinch another top-10 finish in the race this year until he was forced to drop out on the penultimate stage because of stomach problems.
He finished ninth overall in the Vuelta a Espana but is determined to focus all his attention on the Tour de France next year.
He said: "We think that there is an opportunity to ride a good classification [in the Tour de France].
"I have competed in the Giro six or seven times. It is nice to focus on the Tour once again. During that race, there's a lot coming at you, but I'm not new to the peloton. I can deal with it.
"As a team, we will go to the Tour for team successes and for this we have a very nice squad."
Kruijswijk is 66/1 to win the 2018 Tour de France without Chris Froome, while Fabio Aru can be backed at 1212/1 and Richie Porte at 9/4.
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