Roglic: "The intention was to lose the lead and protect the team"

The Slovenian had already warned the day before that this was his wish: "I only want the red jersey on the last day." The Jumbo never wanted to hunt on the run.


Primoz Roglic had affirmed it the day before. "I don't want to wear red now, I just want to be the leader at the end of La Vuelta." I did not lie. His team, the Jumbo, never seemed to work to retain the lead and the Slovenian was very hidden on the climb, although he came with the best. "I survived," he said with good humor after crossing the finish line. For the Slovenian, the Picón Blanco was an exam in which he did not waste time, and he succeeded: "It was not my best experience in the ascent, so I am very happy with the result."

The leader of the Jumbo ranks knows exactly what it would have meant to wear the red jersey since he got it on the first day's time trial. Commitments to the organization and televisions, a daily press conference after each stage and the obligation to make their colleagues work. "Releasing the leadership is a way to protect my teammates," he said. If on top of that the stage served to ward off more rivals like Carapaz or Carthy… it was another favorable day for the Slovenian.

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