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Roglic takes victory in second stage of Tour de l'Ain after strong team performance

Roglic takes victory in second stage of Tour de l'Ain after strong team performance

Primoz Roglic has won the second stage of the Tour de l’Ain. After a strong performance by his teammates, the Slovenian champion managed to leave the rest of the leading group behind in the sprint.

After a successful opening stage, the team of Grischa Niermann and Arthur van Dongen started today’s stage with confidence. Before the final climb, the leaders from the early breakaway were reeled in and Team Jumbo-Visma took over. The race was partly determined by the fast pace of, amongst others, Tom Dumoulin and George Bennett on the Col de Menthières.

Ultimately, Bennett, Steven Kruijswijk and Roglic remained in the leading group of six. “I was actually surprised that we were in the leading group with three guys from our team. It just shows how well everyone has come out of the past training period. It is nice to compete when you feel strong”, Roglic said. In the final kilometre, Kruijswijk kept the pace high and for a moment the rider of the Dutch province of Brabant tried to get away himself, just like yesterday. Nobody could pass Roglic in the long sprint.

Roglic: “This was a great team performance. All the boys showed how strong they were. George did a lot of work. Steven attacked. I wanted to wait for the sprint myself. It was nice that I could finish it off today better than yesterday. I am very happy that I can finally ride again and do my job. I enjoy it so much.”

It is Primoz Roglic’s second victory of the season after his win at the Slovenian championship. After today's victory he is now also leading the general classification.

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