Kooij ninth on first stage ZLM Tour
Surprisingly, the first bunch sprint of the ZLM Tour did not take place. Olav Ko...
Primoz Roglic has finished sixth in the opening time trial of the Giro d'Italia. The rider of Team Jumbo-Visma rode a solid race against the clock, but Remco Evenepoel beat him by 43 seconds. His time of 22:01 was enough to keep him close to the other GC riders.
"The legs felt good; I'm happy with that", a relatively satisfied Roglic said. The 33-year-old leader also saw his teammates put in a solid time trial. Roglic is confident about his form. "I rode as fast as I could, and after today, I am optimistic. There are still 20 stages to go."
"Of course, you want to finish ahead of your rivals", said Roglic, referring to his gap to Evenepoel. "But this is a solid result. I'm not three minutes down. Evenepoel was faster today. Ultimately, it's all about who's on top after 21 days, and I don't think I could have gone faster."
"I started packing my bags and arrived at the hotel around 3am."
A remarkable story is that of Tom Gloag. The 21-year-old British rider was a last-minute replacement for the injured Jan Tratnik. Gloag had a hectic day. "I had turned my phone off for a four-hour training session. When I came back, I had a lot of missed calls. I called sports director Grischa Niermann, who told me to come to Italy. I started packing my bags and arrived at the hotel around 3am."
"I am really looking forward to the next few weeks, but at the same time, I feel sorry for Jan", Gloag continued. "He was an important helper for Primoz. But I’m in good shape."