Steven Kruijswijk has decided to miss the Giro d'Italia in 2018 so that he can focus all his efforts on the Tour de France.
The 30-year-old Dutchman led the 2016 Giro d'Italia for five days but his victory hopes came to an end when he crashed on stage 19.
The LottoNL-Jumbo rider still managed to finish fourth overall, his best Grand Tour finish. He was set to clinch another top-10 finish in the race this year until he was forced to drop out on the penultimate stage because of stomach problems.
He finished ninth overall in the Vuelta a Espana but is determined to focus all his attention on the Tour de France next year.
He said: "We think that there is an opportunity to ride a good classification [in the Tour de France].
"I have competed in the Giro six or seven times. It is nice to focus on the Tour once again. During that race, there's a lot coming at you, but I'm not new to the peloton. I can deal with it.
"As a team, we will go to the Tour for team successes and for this we have a very nice squad."
Kruijswijk is 66/1 to win the 2018 Tour de France without Chris Froome, while Fabio Aru can be backed at 1212/1 and Richie Porte at 9/4.
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