Primoz Roglic, a look at four years of falls

Primoz Roglic, a look at four years of falls

Primoz Roglic, a look at 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 after … a fall on the sweater. A late arrival on the bike that inevitably causes a certain lack of manual skills. “JI had no technique. The biggest challenge was learning to drive in a group. At least in time I could choose my trajectories “Declares in 2019.

As a symbol, the solo specialist will fall on the first stage of his first tour in France, a wet prologue to Düsseldorf in 2017 where the Slovenian was one of the outsiders. But for four years, the winner of Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2020 had many adventures. If they haven’t all had the same impact, some may have stripped him of a few extra lines on his charts. Check out those defining moments.

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

After confirming his good disposition for the general rankings by finishing 4th at the Grande Boucle 2018, Roglic attacks the 2019 Giro d’Italia as a 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 accident, he crashed downhill and lost 40 seconds to the future Ecuadorian winner, reducing his delay from 7 to 47 seconds. Without consequences given that the Slovenian will collapse a bit in the last week in the high mountains to finally take third place on the podium at 2’30 “from Carapaz and 1’25” from Nibali, second.

13 September 2019: irrelevant fright (s) to snatch his first Vuelta

Two days before the finish in Madrid, Primoz Roglic is a solid leader in the overall standings of the Tour of Spain. with almost 3 minutes ahead of second place Alejandro Valverde. The leader of the Jumbo-Visma, however, may have lost everything in a fall 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 winner of the event who had already crashed during the team time trial on the first day.

August 15, 2020: a Critérium du Dauphiné that flies away in the fall

In a calendar upset 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. Falling down the Col de Plan Bois descent 65 kilometers from the finish, he nevertheless limped to the ceremonial podium. He retired the next morning before the final day of racing, not wanting to take any chances before the Tour de France.

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

A few months after the terrible disappointment at the Tour de France, the Slovenian is again in the lead as the finish line approaches, this time at Paris-Nice. The recent 30-year-old will experience a nightmare on the last day. Falling twice with 70 and 25 kilometers to go, Roglic gave up his hopes of victory. He also finished out of the Top 10 of the event.

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

The Trbovlje native arrives with a desire for revenge after failing in the time trial on the eve of his arrival in 2020. Unfortunately for him his hopes will last three days. A fall, alone, in the final of the 3rd stage has already made him lose almost a minute on Tadej Pocagar before giving up on the evening of the eighth stage. Very far from his rival (more than 40 ‘), the Slovenian declared: ” It makes no sense to go on like this “.

July 6, 2022: the nightmare of the cobblestone stage after a fall … on the asphalt

Surely the first weeks of the Tour follow one another and look alike for the three-time winner of the Vuelta. Co-leader of his team with Jonas Vingegaard, he crashed heavily during the fifth stage of pebbles between Lille and Arenberg. A dislocated shoulder and more than 2 minutes lost in the overall standings have already deprived him of the leadership. Helping his Danish teammate to overthrow Pocagar, he will retire at the start of stage 15, still injured and belittled. Like the previous two seasons, the Slovenian then turns to the Vuelta to try to recover as he has done so many times.

The Jumbo-Visma rider is on a good dynamic having regained 1’07 “in the two previous days of races at the Remco Evenepoel. Unsustainable and full of spirits, Primoz Roglic attacks 3 kilometers from the finish of the 16th stage, almost to everyone’s surprise But two months after the crash at the Tour, Primoz Roglic returns to the bitumen 200 meters from the finish, as he prepares to detach another eight seconds from the Belgian leader of the Vuelta, the Olympic time trial champion deflects on Fred Wright and falls heavily. Physically (bruises) multiple on the right flank) and mentally Primoz Roglic will not be able to make the quadruple at the Tour of Spain, a risk that deserved a better fate.

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