Steven Kruijswijk can count on eight strong teammates in the Giro d’Italia. Last winter, Team LottoNL-Jumbo has signed Stef Clement and Jurgen van den Broeck especially for the tough third week. Obvious that they will be part of the team travelling to Sardinia tomorrow for the start of the 100th Giro d’Italia.

The lineup of Team LottoNL-Jumbo is Dutch colored. Besides Kruijswijk and Clement, the team will attend with Twan Castelijns, Jos van Emden, Bram Tankink and Martijn Keizer. The Belgian time trial champion Victor Campenaerts and the Italian double stage winner Enrico Battaglin complete the team of the sports directors Addy Engels, Jan Boven and Sierk Jan de Haan.

Kruijswijk, fourth in 2016 and seventh in 2015, aims for a top-three result in the general classification. “Last year, I crashed two days before the end of the race. I lost the highest achievable: the pink jersey. Nevertheless, I know what I’m capable to after that Giro and I want to compete again for a good result. We continued working hard to get the most out of it. It was great to wear the pink jersey last year. Now, I wish to finish on the final podium and preferably as high as possible”, says the 29 years old team leader.