Kramer outdoes himself in first year: "It went better than expected"
Jesse Kramer has finished his first year as a rider for the Jumbo-Visma Developm...
Primoz Roglic has easily maintained himself at the top of the general classification in the twelfth stage of the Vuelta a España. The Slovenian was kept out of the wind by his teammates all day and dropped off in a good position halfway through the twenty-kilometre final climb to Peñas Blancas.
The riders of Team Jumbo-Visma took their part in the work on the final climb. Roglic saw his team come out strong. “The boys have worked hard today. On the final ascent, Rohan, Chris, and Sam were still able to work for me. I’m grateful to them for it. We wanted to make the race hard because we have a gap to bridge in the general classification. The climb was pretty long. I was in the front and felt good. I’m hoping to get a little bit better every day. I think I’m getting close to my best form. I, therefore, reflect on a positive day.”
"I was in the front and felt good"
The peloton was startled by a crash involving classification leader Remco Evenepoel and Robert Gesink, about fifty kilometers from the finish line. Without much damage, they were able to continue.
“The crash happened right in front of me”, Roglic said. “The roads here are slippery. I think that’s mainly because of the heat. With high speeds, crashes are inevitable. Fortunately, everyone was able to get back on the bike quickly. Remco had a decent pace on the climb, so I doubt his crash bothered him.”
Richard Carapaz, one of the survivors of the early breakaway, won the stage. Mike Teunissen was also part of the original breakaway of over 30 riders. The peloton will continue its journey tomorrow with a relatively flat
stage before the next Spanish mountains appear during the weekend.