Vuelta a España - Primoz Roglic: This is also the biggest cycling victory for Slovenia
Sep 16 2019 03:03 am CET

Vuelta a España - Primoz Roglic: This is also the biggest cycling victory for Slovenia
Vuelta a España - Primoz Roglic: This is also the biggest cycling victory for Slovenia
Photo of Primoz Roglic by Jonathan Roorda /

Jumbo-Visma's Primoz Roglic has taken the biggest victory of his career so far at the Vuelta a España. But this win is not only the first for him, but also for his team and his country.

The Slovenian rider finished the grand tour with the peloton and confirmed his overall victory in the Spanish race, his first one in a grand tour. After finishing in the third position of the Giro d'Italia, the rider went to Spain to conquer this win, which is also the first in a big race for Jumbo-Visma and for Slovenia.

"I am very happy. I have no words for this", Roglic said. "It gives an indescribable feeling. This victory is not only my most beautiful win, but it is also the biggest win for cycling in Slovenia. It has been three difficult and tough weeks with many ups and downs. The many crashes and setbacks especially made it mentally difficult. There were several important moments as there was a lot happening every day.

"We had to be riding attentively and focused every day. As a team, we have shown resilience. I am proud of the team, the way we have fought the past three weeks. Everyone has given 110 per cent, and that also gave me extra motivation to fully go for it. I am relieved that we have been able to bring this to a close successfully. Now we are going to enjoy it, and then we will focus on our next goals."

Jumbo-Visma's CEO Richard Plugge also discussed the importance of this victory and what this all means for the future of the team. "A victory in a grand tour is the highest achievement," he explained. "The Tour is, of course, the biggest race, but this is a big and beautiful step in that direction. This is the best victory in the team's existence so far. At the end of last year, we started the process of structurally joining the top echelon of cycling. Both in the classics and in the Grand Tours.

"This year we have shown that we are going into the right direction by making it onto the overall podium in every Grand Tour. One of the steps was to make the team stronger, especially the second tier. And to find a mix of young talents and experienced guys. Steven and Primoz have already shown that they can compete for the podiums in Grand Tours and, with Tom Dumoulin joining the team, that perspective only gets bigger."



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