Roglic: "We all did a perfect job, including me"

The 2019 Vuelta champion achieved victory in Orcières, although he did not wear yellow. He cleared the doubts after his fall in the Dauphiné.


The Jumbo set a hellish pace at Orcières-Merlette with a double objective, as its leader Primoz Roglic recounted: “I wanted to win and take the lead. We increased the pace to try to suffocate fast uphill cyclists like Alaphilippe, Pogacar, Pinot or Higuita. We also wanted to make room for the yellow jersey, but Deceuninck and Alaphilippe defended well. In any case, stage victory and differences over opponents thanks to bonuses, it doesn't seem like a bad business day to me. ”

The Slovenian claimed his third Tour victory and fell seven seconds behind Alaphilippe: “The squad did a magnificent job. We must continue like this, with the same united bloc spirit to try to distance rivals. All the boys, including me, completed our assignment perfectly. It was up to me to finish it off, and I finished it off. Every day I feel a little better. In the second stage, with two first-class peaks, I already noticed that I was feeling well, so I would love to enjoy this good moment of form and take advantage of every opportunity. ”

The fall on the fourth day of the Dauphiné, which caused him not to start in the fifth when he was wearing the yellow, therefore "it is more than forgotten." And his team continues to be as dominating as it was then (three targets were scored with three different runners, Van Aert, Roglic and Kuss): "The preparation was focused to get here fully, you have to keep your concentration and your legs in tune." In the planned duel against Ineos, the Jumbo hit first: “The first high finish is hard for everyone. If Bernal was not accompanied by more gregarious people, it is still surprising. But surprising or not, he walked upstairs and didn't give me time except for the bonus. Alaphilippe retains the lead, perhaps he will keep it beyond the Pyrenees. That is why we must continue with our pressure, always on the attack. ”

The current champion, Egan Bernal, considers that the first mountain test ended with “a good grade”: “You never like another candidate taking a few seconds, but you have to handle the situation with patience and know that our goal is to enter into the third week without losing too much, then try to recover on the long climbs. Even so, I'm fine and there is a lot of Tour left. ”

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