Kruijswijk calmly optimistic after aggressive riding at Vuelta a Espana

Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) was the first to attack on the climb to the finish

Warming down beside the LottoNL-Jumbo team bus in a quiet back lane deep in rural Asturias, Steven Kruijswijk looked the picture of calm as he pedalled steadily and talked to a gaggle of Dutch reporters. Yet less than an hour before on the Vuelta a España 's ultra difficult stage 14 finale up the Praeres climb, Kruijswijk had been anything but laid back as he blasted past early attacker Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) and bounded up the ascent at impressively high speed. Kruijswijk explained to the Dutch reporters that his early attack had not been pre-formulated – simply that he wanted to ride his own tempo, knowing that the Colombian riders would make their move a little later. "I even had a faint hope that I might have got the stage win had they started looking at each other instead of chasing me down," the Dutchman said. "But they didn't." Still, ...

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