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Primoz Roglic has lost time in the final of the fifteenth stage in the Giro d’Italia due to bad luck. The leader of Team Jumbo-Visma had to swap bikes due to a mechanical problem. He crashed in the descent of the Civiglio. As a result, Roglic had to give in forty seconds to his closest competitors Richard Carapaz and Vincenzo Nibali. Roglic remains second overall at 47 seconds from Carapaz.
The stage initially evolved without problems for Team Jumbo-Visma, until the ascent of the Civiglio. Two leaders were allowed a maximum lead of fifteen minutes and they eventually competed for the stage victory. Behind these leaders, the team kept Roglic well-positioned. After the descent of the Sormano, Roglic was forced to swap bikes with Antwan Tolhoek. Roglic quickly returned to the group with all the GC favourites, but was subsequently unable to immediately answer an attack by Nibali and Carapaz. During the descent, the Slovenian tried to close in on his competitors, but he crashed.
“It wasn’t a good day for me, but it wasn’t the worst either”, Roglic said. “All in all I can live with the outcome of this stage, taking all bad luck into account. I had to swap bikes in the run-up to the Civiglio. It always feels different when you are riding someone else’s bike instead of your own. Nibali and Carapaz were very strong today. At the top of the Civiglio I was not far behind, but I took too many risks. It is still a long way to Verona and anything can happen. I still feel pretty good. First I will enjoy the rest day and then we will see what will happen next.”
Despite the bad luck, Sports director Addy Engels was able to live with the time loss. “Forty seconds is a lot on a day like today. But in hindsight it is not too much either. It could have been much worse. Today we lost a battle, but we are not eliminated in the battle for the pink jersey. We will keep fighting.”
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