Primoz Roglic manages to control time losses despite crash in Vuelta a España stage 5
Sep 02 2019 04:25 am CET

Primoz Roglic manages to control time losses despite crash in Vuelta a España stage 5
Primoz Roglic manages to control time losses despite crash in Vuelta a España stage 5
Photo of Primoz Roglic by Jumbo-Visma.

Jumbo-Visma's Primoz Roglic crashed at the last climb of the ninth stage of the Vuelta a España, but managed to return to the bike and fight for the third position of the day.

The last ascent of the day was extremely demanding not only because of the steepness of its ramps but also because there was a lot of rain and hail that even interrupted the broadcasting for a moment. And it was at that moment that the rider hit the deck when he was already in the gravel sector and due to a race motorbike that was badly positioned.

Despite this, Roglic returned to the bike and made his way back to the third group and crossed the finish line in the third position, 48 seconds behind the stage winner Tadej Pogacar. The rider of Jumbo-Visma climbed to the second position of the General Classification, where he is six seconds behind Nairo Quintana.

"It was very chaotic at one point," said sports director Addy Engels. "Not only because of the gravel but also because of the bad weather conditions. Primoz crashed on the gravel due to a stationary motorbike. That is not okay and should not happen. All in all, I think that, given the situation at one point, we have done some good business GC-wise. We are in a good position before Tuesday's time trial. Although we will never know what would have been possible without that crash.

"The team has done a very good stage and was very strong. Primoz always had support until the final climb. With Robert, Sepp and Neilson in the leading group, the situation was ideal for us and we could use them if necessary. And it was necessary. They really did well so that Primoz could save his effort until the final climb."




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