Primoz Roglic, a look back at four years of falls

Primoz Roglic, a look back at four years of falls

The former ski jumper began his professional career in 2016 at Jumbo-NL, aged 26. A switch to cycling following… a fall on the jumper. A late arrival on the bike which inevitably causes a certain lack of dexterity. “JI had no technique. The major difficulty was learning to ride in a peloton. At least in the times I could choose my trajectories “he declares in 2019.

As a symbol, the specialist in solitary effort, will fall on the first stage of his first Tour de France, a wet prologue in Düsseldorf in 2017 where the Slovenian was one of the underdogs. But for four years, the winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2020 has had many adventures. If they did not all have the same impact, some may have deprived him of a few additional lines on his charts. Take a look back at those defining moments.

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

After confirming his good disposition for the general classifications by finishing 4th in the Grande Boucle 2018, Roglic attacks the Tour of Italy 2019 in the shoes of a favorite after winning 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 incident, he fell in a descent and lost 40 seconds on the future Ecuadorian winner, reducing his delay from 7 to 47 seconds. Without consequence since the Slovenian will crack a little in the last week in the high mountains to finally take third place on the podium 2’30” from Carapaz and 1’25” from Nibali, second.

September 13, 2019: inconsequential scare(s) to snag his 1st Vuelta

Two days before the finish in Madrid, Primoz Roglic is a solid leader in the general classification of the Tour of Spain. with almost 3 minutes ahead of his runner-up Alejandro Valverde. Yet the leader of Jumbo-Visma could have lost everything in a fall at 65 kilometers of the arrival of a flat stage, a priori uneventful. Gadin fatal to his teammate Tony Martin who will give up, but without consequence for the future triple winner of the event who had already crashed in the team time trial first day.

August 15, 2020: a Critérium du Dauphiné which flies away on fall

In a calendar disrupted by the Covid, the climber dominates the Critérium du Dauphiné with 14 ” ahead of Thibaut Pinot and 21 ” over Guillaume Martin before the last stage. However, the Slovenian looks gray. Falling in the descent of the Col de Plan Bois 65 kilometers from the finish, he still climbed on the ceremonial podium limping. He retired the next morning before the last day of racing, not wishing to take any risks before the Tour de France.

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

A few months after his terrible disappointment in the Tour de France, the Slovenian is again in the lead as the finish approaches, this time in Paris-Nice. The recent thirty-something is going to live a nightmarish last day. Falling twice 70 and 25 kilometers from the line, Roglic abandoned his hopes of victory. He even finished outside the Top 10 of the event.

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

The native of Trbovlje comes with desire for revenge after failing in the time trial on the eve of the arrival in 2020. Unfortunately for him, his hopes will last three days. A fall, alone, in the final of the 3rd stage 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: ” There’s no point in going on like this “.

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

Definitely the first weeks of the Tour follow each other and look alike for the three-time winner of the Vuelta. Co-leader of his team with Jonas Vingegaard, he fell heavily during the fifth cobblestone stage between Lille and Arenberg. A dislocated shoulder and more than 2 minutes lost in the general classification already deprived him of the leadership. Helping his Danish teammate to overthrow Pocagar, he will retire at the start of the 15th stage, still injured and diminished. Like the previous two seasons, the Slovenian then turns to Vuelta to try to bounce back as he has so often done.

The Jumbo-Visma rider is on a good dynamic having regained 1’07” over the previous two days of racing at Remco Evenepoel. Untenable and full of panache, Primoz Roglic attacks 3 kilometers from the line of the 16th stage, almost to everyone’s surprise. But two months to the day after his fall on the Tour, Primoz Roglic is back on the bitumen. 200 meters from the line, as he prepares to take another eight seconds from the Belgian leader of the Vuelta, the Olympic time trial champion swerves on Fred Wright and falls heavily. Physically affected (multiple bruises on the right side) and mentally, Primoz Roglic will not achieve the quadruple in the Tour of Spain. A risk taking that deserved a better fate.

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