Gesink about the Ardenne Classics
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Primoz Roglic has taken the overall victory in Tirreno-Adriatico. The Slovenian leader of Team Jumbo-Visma managed to make up 25 seconds on Adam Yates in a blistering time trial. He eventually won the general classification with a margin of less than one second.
For Roglic, it is his second consecutive final victory in a WorldTour stage race. Last month, he already won the UAE Tour. For the Slovenian it is his third victory of the season, the eighth for Team Jumbo-Visma.
In the ten kilometre long time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto, time trial specialist Jos van Emden finished third. The Dutchman finished on the podium for the third consecutive year. He finished second in the two previous years. Roglic finished eleventh.
Roglic was more than happy with his victory. “I cannot describe and express my feelings. This is incredibly beautiful. It was very exciting and the difference is very small. It was really close. But sometimes you have to be lucky. I gave everything I had. There was a lot of headwind and I tried to make the difference in the second part. That worked out. I have to thank the whole team. This would have never been possible without my teammates. They were all very strong. I am proud of what we have shown again as a team this week. It was a very tough week and they rode really fast in every stage. This is a huge boost for me and the team in the run-up to the goals that are yet to come. In particular the Giro.”
Van Emden was happy with his teammate's overall victory, but would have liked to win the time trial. “This time trial was my main goal this spring. I did not feel that my time trial was good enough for the win, but feelings can deceive sometimes. In the end it was not a bad time trial. I proved that I am among the best in this discipline. I really want to have this time trial on my palmarès, so I’m going to try again next season.”
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