Robert Gesink was on his way to a strong Tour de France in 2017. His objective wasn’t the general classification, since he wanted to win stages. During the eighth stage to Station des Rousses, the Dutchman was close to victory, but he ultimately had to settle for the second place. His riding looked promising, until a crash in the ninth stage abruptly ended both his Tour and his season.
Until October Gesink had to wear a corset to recover from a spinal fracture. Once recovered, it went fast. “I trained and raced so much that I reached my best December level ever. I had to go a long way so I did everything I could to progress fast.” How Gesink achieved just that in his home town of Girona can be seen HERE.
To recover from his injury, Gesink received a lot of guidance from the team. Now he’s fully back in shape. “I’m looking forward to ride the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France. The goal remains the same as last year’s: a stage win. My ambition is to have won a stage in all three grand tours. The Vuelta I have already crossed off, so I’m particularly aiming for a stage win in the Giro and the Tour.”