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Primoz Roglic has lost his leading position in the general classification of Paris-Nice in the hectic final stage after crashing twice. Despite his battle to the finish line, the Slovenian lost a lot of time in the general classification.
The shortened eighth stage of Paris-Nice, which finished in Levens, was nervous and hectic. Early in the stage, Roglic crashed in a descent, after which he was able to return to the peloton. After the Slovenian went to the ground for the second time, he could no longer make the connection with the peloton. Roglic eventually dropped to fifteenth place in the overall ranking.
"It was not the stage I was hoping for. I made mistakes today."
The leader of Team Jumbo-Visma was disappointed with the way the French stage race ended for him and his team. “It was not the stage I was hoping for. I made mistakes today. The first crash dislocated my shoulder and after the second crash I was so far behind that I couldn’t come back. It was a huge fight to the finish in which I gave everything. I am disappointed, but this is also part of our sport. Yet I also bring positive things from this start to my season. We will certainly remember those moments. We need to learn from this edition of Paris-Nice and make plans for the next goals. I am now going to recover and try to prepare myself for the races to come.”
“It was a bad day for us”, sports director Grischa Niermann concluded. “After Primoz had crashed in the first descent, he was able to come back quite quickly. When he slipped again in the same descent, his chain also came off. He got to within twenty metres of the peloton, but then he had to give in and it was over. We can only blame ourselves. I think Primoz is very strong mentally and that he will also come out better from this. He has proven that before. It’s a shame for now, but we also won three stages and the green jersey. Of course, we came here to win the final classification, but from now on we have to look ahead to the next races.”