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Primoz Roglic has won the Vuelta a España for the second consecutive year. The red leader’s jersey of the leader of Team Jumbo-Visma was not in danger in the final stage to Madrid.
After Roglic had missed the final win in the Tour de France in extremis last September, he took the win in the Spanish stage race. Roglic won four stages during this Vuelta a España, including the individual time trial to Mirador de Ézaro. The points classification was also won by the Slovenian. Earlier this year, he won the Tour de l’Ain, a stage in the Tour de France and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
Roglic is happy that he has won the Spanish stage race for the second time in his career. “Me and my teammates fought for it every day. We considered each stage as a one-day race. I am very proud of the performance that we all achieved. During the past three weeks I still felt in good shape. I am happy that I can end my season in this way. In the coming period I will take a break, but then I will make plans with the team for 2021. There are still a few goals I want to achieve in my career. That is an enormous motivation for me for the coming years.”
"We considered each stage as a one-day race."
“The 2019 win was of course special, because I won my first grand tour then”, the Slovenian continued. “Nevertheless, I also rate this victory very highly, because it is part of the great season that I have had. We should be happy that, given the situation in the world, we were able to ride the Vuelta this year. For that I would like to thank the organisation of the Vuelta and all those involved. It was very well organised here.”
Sports director Grischa Niermann experienced the Vuelta a España as a special race. “The preparation was different than we were used to and perhaps not optimal, but that applies to the whole peloton. We didn’t quite know where we stood. Looking back, I think we can be very happy with the way we raced. With four stages and the overall victory, this race has of course been very successful for us. In Primoz, we had the top favourite for the win. He has fought back after the disappointment of the lost Tour de France. He needed a moment for that. At the World Championship he was not in top shape, but in Liège-Bastogne-Liège you saw again that he still had a lot of motivation. It has been a long season and he has been there from the beginning till the end. He is the number one in the world for the second year in a row. He can win races in several areas and he is always there for the team. That says enough. He is an absolute winner and a great guy to work with.”
The German sports director had seen his team do a good job in the Vuelta. “I think we showed that we were the best team. Guys like Paul, Lennard and Jonas rose above themselves. When Primoz was struggling, we always managed to support him. As a team we have taken a huge step. We can call ourselves one of the best teams in the world. I am very proud of what we have all achieved and what steps in our development we have taken in recent years. This victory is the crowning glory of a very strange year, but a top season.”
The Vuelta a España was the last race for Team Jumbo-Visma on Bianchi bikes. The bicycle brand has grown with Team Jumbo-Visma and its achievements over the past seven seasons and has helped ensure that the Dutch team has been able to reach the achievements of the past years. Roglic won the 2020 Vuelta a España by a gap of twenty-four seconds. In the world of top sport, details make the difference. Bianchi has contributed to this difference by working in an innovative way in the field of aerodynamics on both the Oltre XR4 road bike and the Aquila CV time trial bike. The special paint on the frames also resulted in gains in the weight of the bike. Team Jumbo-Visma thanks Bianchi for the many years of cooperation.