Primoz Roglic, 2nd in the general classification, gives up after his cruel crash in the final of the 16th stage

Primoz Roglic, 2nd in the general classification, gives up after his cruel crash in the final of the 16th stage

Primoz Roglic, 2nd in the general classification, gives up after his cruel crash in the final of the 16th stage

A turn on the road to the Vuelta. The Jumbo-Visma team announced the departure of their leader, Primoz Roglic, the day after the arrival of the 16th stage, Wednesday 7 September. The Slovenian, second in the general classification, fell heavily within a few lengths of the Tomares finish, when he had just launched his sprint in the group that was playing for the victory. “Unfortunately, (he) won’t be at the start of Stage 17, after yesterday’s crash (Tuesday). Get well soon, champion!”writes the Slovenian team on their Twitter account. “You had ambitious projects in the last few days, but unfortunately it was rumored that it would not go like this”added the Dutch formation.

In attack Roglic left the group in the final, accompanied by some sprinters in search of the stage victory, while the red jersey Remco Evenepoel suffered a puncture. But when he dropped to the bottom of the leading group, the Slovenian crashed violently. Stunned, he managed to get back on his bike and stagger across the finish line, but his bleeding knee and elbow didn’t inspire much confidence.

The triple holder of the event, launched in search of the red jersey and who at the end of the stage had recovered eight seconds more on Evenepoel, therefore leaves the Spanish roads at the beginning of the third week of racing. A misfortune that has haunted him in recent years. He had already had to give up the Tour de France, in July, before the start of the 15th stage in Carcassonne, after crashing in the first week.

His 2021 edition also ended with his retirement after a crash during the 3rd stage. A few months earlier, two crashes in the last stage of Paris-Nice had cost him the final victory. Ditto during the Critérium du Dauphiné 2020, where he, injured, he was unable to take the start of the last stage because he was wearing the yellow jersey.

In the general classification of the Vuelta, Enric Mas (Movistar) climbs to second place, 2’01 ” from the Belgian, ahead of the young Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates), at 4’49 ”.

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