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Roglic in a better position after steep Alto Los Machucos at Vuelta a España

Roglic in a better position after steep Alto Los Machucos at Vuelta a España

Primoz Roglic has his leading position in the Vuelta a España made more comfortable. The Slovenia rider finished the hard mountain stage from Bilbao to Los Machucos in second place. His countryman, Tadej Pogacar grabbed the victory.

The two Slovenians were left together with 1.5 kilometres to go. Through good cooperation, they managed to open a gap over the other GC competitors. The hard climb of Los Muchucos was too steep for some other GC riders. Roglic showed the world he is the justified and deserved leader by allowing Pogacar to take the stage win.

Sports director Addy Engels saw a hard stage. “It was hard to create a gap on this super steep final climb. I am happy that it worked out for Primoz. He showed us that he is the best time trail rider and now he also showed that he is one of the best climbers in the race. It is great to see that he is taking time on his competitors. Everyone in the team car was very excited, we all screamed Primoz to the finish. That Roglic allows Pogacar to win the stage, is very gentlemanly. We are in this race with one goal. That’s why taking time is now more important than winning stages. Madrid is still far away, but we have done a good job. The team was really strong again today.

Roglic is happy, but realistic. “It was a very hard and difficult stage, with a steep final climb. On top of that, it was a majestic day for Slovenian cycling. I am feeling better and better. We must keep the focus, if we do that we have a good chance of keeping the jersey. One day less until Madrid but many difficult stages are coming up.”

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