Roglic prevails in a big way

The Slovenian debuts his record in 2021 after triumphing alone on the first mountainous day of Paris-Nice after a hard attack 3 km from the finish line.


Primoz Roglic has hardly any transitional runs throughout the season. While some runners are going to roll and get a feeling before setting a bigger goal, the Slovenian does the same but also wins. In the fourth stage of the Paris-Nice, the first with mountainous difficulty, the Jumbo leader won alone in his first race of the season. An attack three kilometers from the finish line, which Ion Izagirre could only leave for a few meters, was enough so that at the top of Chiroubles (1st, with 7.3 km at 6%), Roglic ascends to a leadership that will be difficult unseat despite the fact that there are still four other stages left.The race, in its equator, faces one of the most complicated days: six ascents of the second category plus the last one, of the first category, which almost certainly foreshadowed a change of leader. The Swiss Stefan Bissegger, a brilliant winner of the time trial the day before and who enjoyed a leadership for the first time in the elite, dropped from the group 45km from the finish, on the first climb to Mont Brouilly. Ahead, there was a breakaway that had a good understanding made up of five riders: Julien Bernard, Anthony Perez, Oliver Naesen, Óscar Riesebeek and José Joaquín Rojas from Murcia. The Jumbo controlled from the main group so that the rent was not excessive.

The one who put up the most resistance was Bernard, since the one from the Trek got to start the final ascent alone. From behind, Luis León Sánchez and Remy Cavagna jumped. The latter, with Bisseger off the hook, was the virtual leader of the race ahead of Roglic. However, when he was approaching the lead, he had a mechanical problem that left him without stage options or being able to aspire to the leadership. Before, on the descent to the last climb, there were two falls of important people for the general: Gaudu and Tao Geoghegan Hart, with the Briton especially sore in his right hand. Luisle, alone, caught Bernard, but a Slovenian train arrived behind him that did not allow anyone to take his wheel.

Roglic's attack was hard and with a lot of self-confidence, since at no time did he look back. He left alone and squeezed the rent to the fullest, already practically celebrating his success on the line. After three weeks of preparation on Mount Teide, the current winner of the Vuelta shows that he is on the right track. Ion Izagirre, fifth, aspires to fight for the podium. This Thursday, opportunity for sprinters with outcome in Bollene.

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