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Cycling | 12 september 2018

Kruijswijk loses time to closest rivals in Vuelta finish

Steven Kruijswijk slipped away from the better climbers and lost his third place in the overall standings today in the Vuelta a España. In stage 17, another summit finish to Balcón de Bizkaia, Team LottoNL-Jumbo's leader lost one minute to his classification rivals. 

In the overall rankings, the Dutchman dropped from third place to fifth. He now sits at 1-48 minutes behind leader Simon Yates.

Just yesterday with a stunning time trial, he had jumped from fifth to third overall. Today, he fell back, however in the battle.

It was a battle on two fronts: a leading group that fought for the stage and behind the overall classification riders. Kruijswijk was well-positioned by his team-mates at the bottom of the steep final climb. The number five of the Tour de France held for a long time, but eventually cracked in the last two kilometres.

"Every day is different. One day you gain time, and another day you lose time. Today I was the one who lost time," Kruijswijk said. 

"It was a very tough final climb. The pace was very high and I was not able to follow in the end. It was very steep, so it was more crawling up the climb than actually riding. In the next days, I will keep fighting until the end and then we will see where we end up. It's not over yet."

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