Roglic wins first stage Volta Ciclista a Catalunya with powerful sprint

Roglic wins first stage Volta Ciclista a Catalunya with powerful sprint

Primoz Roglic has won the first stage of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya. With his fourth stage victory of the season, the Team Jumbo-Visma rider completed the excellent work of his teammates. With his win, he once again showed he is in great shape. Earlier this season, he already won the general classification of the Tirreno-Adriatico.

Just below the top of the Alt de Romanyà, the day's last climb, the Team Jumbo-Visma riders shifted up a gear to catch the four breakaway riders. The finish in Sant Feliu de Guíxols was treacherous. First, it was downhill for several kilometres, then a sprint uphill in the last few hundred metres. Tobias Foss and Koen Bouwman gave Roglic a perfect ride to the line. Even though he was up against world champion Evenepoel, the Slovenian knew what to do with the opportunity.

It looked like a stage for the sprinters on paper, but nothing could be further from the truth. "I know I am not a true sprinter. But I knew I could fight for the stage win at this finish. I had good legs. Of course you need a bit of luck in the sprint. I am delighted", said Roglic.

"Without my teammates, today's result would not have been possible"

Primoz Roglic

"I am very grateful to the team. My teammates did a great job. Without them, today's result would not have been possible", said the Slovenian, who won Tirreno-Adriatico two weeks ago. "They put me in a great position for the challenging last few kilometres. You always hope to win. It is terrific the plan worked."

The peloton will face a difficult stage tomorrow. After 165 kilometres, an uphill finish awaits in Vallter. "I've never ridden this finish, but I'm sure we'll have a good plan for tomorrow", said Roglic, who will start in the leader's jersey. "This is just the beginning. There are still some tough stages ahead. Of course I would like to win the general classification here, but this is just day one. The race is not over until we've reached Barcelona."


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