Kruijswijk, Roglic, and Groenewegen headline LottoNL Tour squad
LottoNL-Jumbo unveiled its Tour de France lineup on Monday via Twitter. Steven Kruijswijk and Primoz Roglic are set to head up the squad’s general classification campaign, while Dylan Groenewegen will give the Netherlands-based team a contender for the sprints.
Kruijswijk emerged as a legitimate grand tour threat at the 2016 Giro d’Italia, where he led into the final week of racing but had to settle for fourth overall after crashing into a snowbank. Since then, the 31-year-old Dutchman has not managed to reach the same level of form, although he did finish ninth at the 2017 Vuelta a España.
For Roglic, the upcoming Tour will be his first as a potential overall contender. The Slovenian has enjoyed a career year in one-week stage races so far this season, winning both the Vuelta al País Vasco and the Tour de Romandie. He and the team are optimistic that can translate to three-week success in July in what will be just his third ever grand tour appearance.
Groenewegen returns to the Tour hoping to follow up on last year’s Champs-Élysées stage victory. The Dutch speedster has proven to be in good form this year, delivering several wins for LottoNL this spring.
Grand tour veteran Robert Gesink will give the team another notable in the lineup, with Timo Roosen, Antwan Tolhoek, Amund Grondahl Jansen, and Paul Martens rounding out the squad.