Roglic leaves the Dauphiné

The Slovenian, leader of the race, abandons and will not contest the last stage after the fall he suffered in a descent on the fourth day, two weeks before the Tour.


The bleeding of abandonments and misfortunes for the important men of the platoon continues. If yesterday in Dauphiné Egan Bernal left due to back problems, later Steven Kruijswijk (dislocated shoulder) and Emanuel Buchmann (deep abrasions) did the same for a fall, and in Lombardy the young Evenepoel (pelvic fracture) suffered a horrible fall , Primoz Roglic is now leaving the Criterium Dauphiné.

The Slovenian runner, who was leading the race, crashed in the course of the fourth stage of the French race. At kilometer 82 of the event, descending the Côte d'Héry sur Ugine, Roglic crashed. Then the doubts appeared about whether to leave or not, and Primoz got to get into the team car. Finally he continued and was able to finish the day with his torn jersey, his body full of wounds and even dizzy.Despite this, Roglic himself and his team have decided not to start the fifth and final stage of the race, which is being held just two weeks before the start of the Tour de France, a great goal for the Slovenian. "Due to yesterday's crash, Roglic - general and points leader - will not start on today's stage. The evolution of his injuries will determine his plans for the following races. We wish him a quick recovery," he said. the Jumbo-Visma, which has not exactly disclosed the damages presented by the winner of La Vuelta 2019 and withdraws its runner as a precaution, as Ineos did with Bernal.

After Roglic's retirement, the Criterium Dauphiné has a new leader on the day the race is decided. Thibaut Pinot placed first in the general classification, and Mikel Landa climbed to third place, 12 seconds behind the French. "It is not the way you want to lead, I feel sorry for Roglic. We will try to play intelligently on a very complicated course. Of course I would love to conquer one of the most beautiful stage races," said Pinot, who has decided not to wear the yellow jersey out of respect for Roglic, before the start of the day at L'Equipo

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