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Roglic experience off stage but into perspective: “It was also not my worst day”

0c01d4c1284c080a5d2e439db61bf1f5 - Roglic experience off stage but into perspective: “It was also not my worst day”

Primoz Roglic experienced Sunday was a bad day during the fifteenth stage of the Tour of Italy. The Slovenian of Team Jumbo Visma changed your bike with a team mate when his team leader a puddle made, could an attack of his opponents not to answer and crashed.

It was Roglic a loss of forty seconds on the pink jersey Richard Carapaz, Vincenzo Nibali and Simon Yates, plus a planed face, but seemingly no dent in his morale. “It was not my best day, but also not my worst”, took out the double tijdritwinnaar the shoulders. “Given all the bad luck I can live with the outcome of this stage.”

First it was Roglic in the run-up to the last climb of the day after a fietswissel continue on the bike of teammate Antwan Tolhoek, because his sports director’s car was on the side for a pee. “My shifter was broken, so worked my voorversnelling not more. Ride on the bike of someone else is always different than that of yourself.”

He then had to climb a sore with an attack of his main opponents. “Nibali and Carapaz were today very strongly. It was a good attack, but so far as they were not the first on the top of the climb. I felt myself very well. But in the descent I took too many risks. I went a little too fast round a bend and fell.”

The physical damage is according to Roglic, visible hit to the head, said: “This is not so bad. I blood the most to my face, but luckily I have not on the pedals to push. We still have a long way to go. Anything can happen, but I’m going to enjoy the day of rest and then we’ll see.”

In the ranking remains Roglic second, now at 47 seconds of Carapaz and with exactly a minute ahead of Nibali.

Team leader panics nor

Sports director Addy Engels tried the damage to be put into perspective and referred especially to bad luck and a coincidence of circumstances: “Today happened all at the wrong time. We had Primoz just supplied, steps back in and hear via the radio that Primoz puncture. Tolhoek was there and gave his bike. We wanted to afterwards, but that was no time for. Everything could not be worse.”

English saw his team leader mentally not down. “That he could continue to fight on to the finish, is a good sign. But we are losing today is a battle, not the war. The loss remains within reasonable limits.”

In retrospect, it became clear that Roglic not leak was driving but that he problems experienced with the versnellingsapparaat. And that directeur sportif Jan Above, after the supply to a toilet break inlaste, was also a not unimportant detail.

(belga/bvc)