Team Jumbo-Visma survives hectic first stage Paris-Nice
Team Jumbo-Visma has come through the first stage of Paris-Nice in a good way. T...
After the fourteenth stage of the Vuelta a España, Primoz Roglic is still in the lead in the general classification. During the stage to Ourens, his first place was not in danger. Tomorrow, the Slovenian will start with the red jersey around his shoulders again.
After a fast opening phase with many attacks, the peloton let go a leading group of seven riders. They eventually competed for the stage win. In the chasing peloton, the leader of Team Jumbo-Visma was well-surrounded by his teammates. There were no time differences between the favourites in the last - ascending - kilometre.
"The leaders deserved to be able to compete for the win."
Roglic complimented his teammates afterwards, who had done a good job in the fast and hectic first kilometres, he said. “The opening phase was difficult and fast, but we were on the top of our game. It was okay for us that the strong leading group made it to the end. There was not really a chance to grab extra seconds in the final phase. The speed was very high in the last kilometres. We can be happy with the result of today’s stage. No, I don’t consider it a missed opportunity for another stage win and extra bonus seconds. The way the stage went was fine for us. The gap to the leaders narrowed, but make no mistake: you cannot easily close two minutes in the final on a strong leading group. The leaders deserved to be able to compete for the win.”