Primoz Roglic, a review of four years of falls

Primoz Roglic, a review of four years of falls

The former ski jumper began his professional career in 2016 at Jumbo-NL, at the age of 26. A switch to cycling following… a fall in the jumper. A late arrival on the bike that inevitably leads to a certain lack of skill. “JI had no technique. The biggest difficulty was learning to ride in a platoon. At least back in the day I was able to choose my paths “states in 2019.

As a symbol, the solo effort specialist will fall in the first stage of his first tour of France, a wet prologue in Düsseldorf in 2017 where the Slovenian was one of the outsiders. But for four years now, the winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2020 has had many adventures. If they didn’t all have the same impact, some may have deprived you of a few extra lines on your charts. Take a look at those defining moments.

May 26, 2019: 40 seconds lost on Carapaz in the Giro

After confirming his readiness for the general classifications by finishing 4th in the 2018 Grande Boucle, Roglic is attacking the 2019 Tour of Italy as the favorite after winning the Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour de Romandie. He wears the pink jersey for five days and fights with Richard Carapaz and Vincenzo Nibali for the final victory. But during the fifteenth stage, after a mechanical incident, he fell on a descent and lost 40 seconds to the future Ecuadorian winner, reducing his lag from 7 to 47 seconds. Without consequences since the Slovenian will crack a bit in the last week in the high mountains to finally take third place on the podium 2’30” from Carapaz and 1’25” from Nibali, second.

September 13, 2019: inconsequential scare(s) to hook his 1st Lap

Two days from the finish line in Madrid, Primoz Roglic is a solid leader in the general classification of the Vuelta a España. with almost 3 minutes ahead of his runner-up Alejandro Valverde. However, the leader of the Jumbo-Visma could have lost everything in a crash 65 kilometers from the end of a flat stage that seems calm. Gadin was fatal for his teammate Tony Martin who retired, but without consequences for the future three-time champion of the event who had already crashed during the team time trial on the first day.

August 15, 2020: a Critérium du Dauphiné flying in the fall

In a calendar disrupted by Covid, the climber dominates the Critérium du Dauphiné with a 14” lead over Thibaut Pinot and 21” over Guillaume Martin before the last stage. However, the Slovenian looks gray. Fallen on the descent of the Col de Plan Bois 65 kilometers from the finish line, he still limped onto the ceremonial podium. He retired the next morning before the last day of racing, not wanting to take any chances before the Tour de France.

March 14, 2021: a double fall and Paris-Nice slips through his fingers

A few months after his terrible disappointment in the Tour de France, the Slovenian is back in the lead as the finish line approaches, this time at Paris-Nice. The recent thirtysomething is going to live a last day of nightmare. Falling twice with 70 and 25 kilometers to go, Roglic abandoned his hopes of victory. He even finished outside the Top 10 of the event.

June 28, 2021: a fatal first week of the Tour de France

The native of Trbovlje arrives wanting revenge after failing in the time trial on the eve of the arrival of 2020. Unfortunately for him, his hopes will last three days. A crash, alone, in the final of the 3rd stage already caused him to lose almost a minute on Tadej Pocagar before giving up in the afternoon of the 8th stage. Very far from his rival (more than 40 ‘), the Slovenian declared: ” It doesn’t make sense to go on like this “.

July 6, 2022: the nightmare of the cobbled section after a fall… on the asphalt

Definitely the first weeks of the Tour follow one another and are similar for the three-time champion of the Vuelta. Co-leader of his team with Jonas Vingegaard, he crashed heavily during the cobbled fifth stage between Lille and Arenberg. A dislocated shoulder and more than 2 minutes lost in the general classification have already deprived him of the lead. Helping his fellow Dane to topple Pocagar, he will retire at the start of the 15th stage, still injured and diminished. As in the two previous seasons, the Slovenian turns to the Vuelta to try to recover as he has done so many times.

The Jumbo-Visma rider continues a good dynamic after recovering 1’07” in the two previous days of racing at Remco Evenepoel. Unsustainable and full of panache, Primoz Roglic attacks 3 kilometers from the line of the 16th stage, almost to surprise everyone But exactly two months after his fall in the Tour, Primoz Roglic returns to the bitumen. 200 meters from the finish line, as he prepares to snatch another eight seconds from the Belgian leader of the Vuelta, the Olympic time trial champion goes off course. on Fred Wright and falls hard. Physically affected (multiple bruises on the right side) and mentally, Primoz Roglic will not achieve the quadruple in the Vuelta a España. A risk that deserved better luck.

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