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Kruijswijk's Giro d'Italia questionable after rib fracture diagnosed

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Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) finishes stage 19 after a crash in the Colle dell'Agnello downhill

Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) finishes stage 19 after a crash in the Colle dell'Agnello downhill (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) reacts following the Giro's stage 19, in which he crashed in the Colle dell'Agnello downhill

Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) reacts following the Giro's stage 19, in which he crashed in the Colle dell'Agnello downhill (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Vincenzo Nibali, Esteban Chaves, Steven Kruijswijk and Rafal Majka climb during stage 19 at the Giro.

Vincenzo Nibali, Esteban Chaves, Steven Kruijswijk and Rafal Majka climb during stage 19 at the Giro. (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Steven Kruijswijk after a crash in the Colle dell'Agnello downhill during the 19th stage of the 99th Giro d'Italia

Steven Kruijswijk after a crash in the Colle dell'Agnello downhill during the 19th stage of the 99th Giro d'Italia
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Steven Kruijswijk of team (LottoNL-Jumbo) after the finish of stage 19, in which he crashed in the Colle dell'Agnello downhill

Steven Kruijswijk of team (LottoNL-Jumbo) after the finish of stage 19, in which he crashed in the Colle dell'Agnello downhill

On Thursday, it seemed as if Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNl-Jumbo) had the Giro d'Italia sewn up and would be arriving in Turin as the first Dutch winner in the race's history.

Even on the top of the Cima Coppi on stage 18, Kruijswijk had the race under firm control, even distancing third placed Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) on the ascent. But one small mistake over the top, and his hopes came crashing down on the descent of the Colle dell'Agnelo on stage 19: Kruijswijk misjudged a turn and crashed into a wall of ice and snow, then tumbled head over heels onto the tarmac.

After the stage in which he lost the maglia rosa to Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge), Kruijswijk was in deep pain, physically and emotionally. He underwent scans in Briançon, and the LottoNl-Jumbo team confirmed late Friday that Kruijswijk had sustained a fractured rib, and is suffering from pain in his foot and side.

The team will give a new update on Saturday morning on whether Kruijswijk, who is currently third overall behind Chaves and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), 1:05 off the race leader, will continue the race.

Stage 20 from Guillestra to Sant'Anna di Vinadio is only 134km long, but will be an intense day of racing with three category 1 climbs and an uphill category 3 finishing climb.