Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) pulled out an impressive time trial on stage 16 of the Vuelta a Espana that allowed him to move onto the overall podium.
The Dutchman was fourth on the stage, 51 seconds down and was one of only two GC challengers to put time into Simon Yates.
“The course suited me, but you never know what the competition will do. I started really well, maybe a little too fast, and I was able to ride a steady time trial well. If you finish within a minute from Dennis, you have done very well. In the end, the differences are still quite big”, Kruijswijk said.
“We are going to take it day by day. We will all give our maximum and then we’ll see where we end up on Sunday. So far all is going really well.”
“It’s hard to say [what will happen in the coming mountains] because you saw this last weekend that the gaps are very close,” Kruijswijk said.
“I think it’s about making sure you don’t have a bad day and then maybe try to surprise the other guys the next weekend to come.”