Staune-Mittet ends successful week with overall victory in Ronde de L'Isard
Johannes Staune-Mittet has won the Ronde de L'Isard. The young Norwegian of the ...
Primoz Roglic has finished second in the time trial of the Vuelta a España. Because of his excellent performance, the Slovenian moved up to second place in the overall standings.
The ultra-fast 30.9-kilometre course seemed suitable for the time trial specialists, which proved to be the case. At the first intermediate point, Roglic firmly established himself at the front. The three-time Vuelta winner duly organised his time trial but ultimately lost to classification leader Remco Evenepoel.
"One rider was better today"
"I am delighted with my performance", Roglic referred to his second-place finish. "I rode a good time trial. I'm proud of it. One rider was better today. Remco is flying at the moment. He is in the form of his life. After all his successes, we shouldn't be surprised. I feel I am physically fit. The Vuelta is not halfway yet, so there is still a lot to fight for. I have moved up to second place in the general classification. Each day, we will look at the possibilities to get good results. I am convinced that those opportunities will come. Today's time trial has boosted my confidence."
"Along the way, I noticed I could not reach my full potential today"
Teammate Rohan Dennis aimed for a top result, but halfway through his race, the Australian realised it was impossible. "I aspired to achieve a place of honour. I felt strong at the start. But along the way, I noticed I could not reach my full potential today. Then I focused on finishing this time trial unscathed. I feel I am getting better every day in this Vuelta. I hope I can support Primoz well in the rest of this race", the Australian time trial champion concluded.
Head of Performance Mathieu Heijboer analyzed the time trial of his two riders just after they had finished. "Primoz started very strong. From the first intermediate point, he was on Cavagna's schedule. He's a specialist who focuses entirely on this discipline. Primoz then kept pace with him and was even faster on the final stretch. This was a perfect time trial for Primoz. The rest day did him good. Rohan gave him some tips just after his own time trial by sharing his experiences on this course. After Rohan noticed that a good classification was impossible today, he decided to ride safely to the finish to save energy for what lies ahead. As a team we look back on this day with a good feeling. Primoz is on the right track; only Evenepoel is from another planet."