Primoz Roglic takes Queen Stage and leader's jersey in Tour of Slovenia
Jun 16 2018 02:56 pm CET

Primoz Roglic takes Queen Stage and leader's jersey in Tour of Slovenia
Primoz Roglic takes Queen Stage and leader's jersey in Tour of Slovenia
Photo of Primoz Roglic © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Primoz Roglic has won the fourth stage in the Tour of Slovenia. He attacked on the final climb and defended his lead during the 20-kilometre descent to the town of Kamnik. With this win, the Slovenian also takes the leader's jersey from Rigoberto Uran.

With Uran (EF Education First) in the green leader's jersey, the peloton left Ljubljana for the 155 kilometres Queen Stage in the Tour of Slovenia. With two climbs of the second category and one first category, a GC fight was expected on the course to Kamnik, where the finish line was drawn after a 20-kilometre long descent. The number two of the GC, Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott), did not start today due to illness.

The beginning of the race saw a compact peloton fighting for the three intermediate sprints in the first 35 kilometres. These were won by Simone Consonni (UAE), Rudiger Selig (Bora-Hansgrohe) and again Consonni. Even after the sprints, it took the riders another 30 kilometres to form a breakaway. A group of 13 riders escaped and earned a three-minute advantage: Amund Groendahl Jansen, Domen Novak, Fausto Masnada, Ziga Grošelj, Nicola Bagioli, Ruben Plaza, Gerd Fidler, Matteo Bono, Jenthe Biermans, Ziga Ruigaj, Michele Gazzara, Pawel Poljanski, Rudiger Selig and Johan Van Zyl.

The break fell apart on the first climb as Masnada (Androni) remained alone in front. Meanwhile, Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Merida) attacked on the descent from the peloton in which about 25 riders remained. Behind Masnada a chase group formed with Mohoric, Jansen, Poljanski and Plaza. The Italian leader had a 45-second advantage to this group when starting the final ascent, while the peloton was 1 minute and ten seconds back.

On the 5,1-kilometre climb (8,1%) Poljanski quickly closed the gap to Masnada, while Jansen dropped back and launched Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo). They closed down the gap on Mohoric and Masnada, and that is when Roglic decided to take it over himself. Race leader Uran could not follow the Slovenian's pace and was dropped. The former ski-jumper soon continued solo, with Ildar Arslanov following closely behind.

On the top, the LottoNL-Jumbo rider had an advantage of about 30 seconds back to a group with Uran, Majka, Ivan Sosa (Androni) and Tadej Pogacar (Ljubljana Gusto Xaurum). Arslanov was a bit further back due to a mechanical. The Russian rejoined the chase in the descent, as did Michael Storer and Chris Hamilton (Sunweb).

Meanwhile, the Slovenian extended his lead in the descent while the chase group increased in numbers. Master descender Matej Mohoric was one of the riders that made it back and he immediately pushed on. Roglic still kept a steady advantage of 45 seconds and looked certain for the stage win.

Despite losing a few seconds in the final kilometres, Roglic held on and took the stage victory. Thirty-two seconds later Matej Mohoric finished second, ahead of Rafal Majka. With his fifth win of the season, Roglic also takes the green leader's jersey. He defends 30-second advantage on Uran with only tomorrow's time trial left.

By Siebe Kok






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