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Steven Kruijswijk pulls out of Tour de France following fall

72nd Criterium du Dauphine 2020 - Stage 4

MEGEVE, FRANCE - AUGUST 15: Steven Kruijswijk of The Netherlands and Team Jumbo - Visma / Crash / Injury / Doctor / during the 72nd Criterium du Dauphine 2020, Stage 4 a 153,3km stage from Ugine to Megeve 1458m / @dauphine / #Dauphiné / on August 15, 2020 in Megeve, France. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Dutch cyclist Steven Kruijswijk, who finished third in last year’s Tour de France, said Thursday he will not take part in this year’s race after fracturing a bone in his shoulder during the Criterium du Dauphine.

Kruijswijk, who rides for the Jumbo-Visma team, wrote on Twitter that the injury from a fall in the Dauphine on Aug. 15 was worse than previously thought.

“I am now going to work on my recovery first and then I will focus on the Giro d’Italia as a new goal,” he said.

Kruijswijk’s decision means that the second- and third-place riders from last year’s Tour de France will not be participating in this year’s race. On Wednesday, the INEOS team announced that Geraint Thomas, who finished second last year behind teammate Egan Bernal, will not be in its team for the coronavirus pandemic-hit Tour that starts Aug. 29.

Bernal will lead an INEOS team that is also missing four-time champion Chris Froome.

Another Jumbo-Visma rider, Primoz Roglic, also fell in the Dauphine and withdrew from the race before the final stage.