Roglic extends overall lead in Vuelta a España with second place in Navarra
Primoz Roglic has sprinted to second place in the second stage of the Vuelta a E...
After the nineteenth stage of the Tour de France, Primoz Roglic will head into tomorrow’s mountain time trial at La Planche des Belles Filles as the leader in the general classification. In Champagnole, the Slovenian finished in the peloton, accompanied by his Team Jumbo-Visma teammates.
The battle for the green jersey determined the outcome of the stage in the Jura. Team Jumbo-Visma didn’t put themselves in the mix. The yellow-black formation rode attentively in the front all day and made sure that Roglic finished safely.
“It was another great day for us”, Roglic said. “We are one day closer to Paris. The boys once again did a great job by keeping me in the front and keeping me safe all day. I’ve emphasized it before, but I can’t do that enough. They were fantastic and although I am the one who’s wearing it, this yellow jersey really belongs to all of us.”
"The team was really fantastic and although I am the one who’s wearing it, this yellow jersey really belongs to all of us"
Tom Dumoulin was happy that the stage did not end in a bunch sprint. “I think it would have provided some trouble in the final. It was quite technical. For us this was an ideal situation and it was easier to control.”
Tomorrow the battle for the general classification will be decided with a mountain time trial. Roglic looked ahead with confidence. “I have done a recon of the time trial several times. This time trial is going to be a fair fight from man to man. I just have to push as hard as possible and ride as fast as possible, both on the flat and uphill. Besides you also have to have the legs for it. We will see what it brings tomorrow. I’m definitely looking forward to it. Now I will focus on my recovery first and then I will focus on tomorrow.”
"It has been a long time since I did a time trial, but I’m looking forward to it. I will give one hundred percent."
Dumoulin, who is ninth in the GC, is also looking forward to it. “It has been a long time since I did a time trial, but I’m looking forward to it. I feel good and I am really motivated. I will do my best and I will give one hundred percent. It’s a matter of riding the big gear as long as possible and then we’ll see where we end up. I think that fitness and fatigue will play a major role. I hope I can also move up in the GC. That would be a nice bonus.”