Alto de Gredos (Spain) (AFP)
Slovenia rules on the Tour of Spain! Unless accident, the red jersey Primoz Roglic ensured Sunday the Vuelta 2019, after a penultimate stage won Saturday by his young compatriot Tadej Pogacar in the Sierra de Gredos (center).
The designated favorite of the race from Torrevieja three weeks ago, Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) has lived up to the expectations to be 29 years old the first big Tour of his career, the first for a runner from his country.
Sunday in the streets of Madrid, "Rogla" should except surprise succeed the British Simon Yates, absent this year, and concretize his ambitions on the three-week races after his fourth place on the Tour de France 2018 and his third place in the Tour de France. Italy in the spring.
And to complete the Slovenian triumph, Pogacar (UAE-Emirates) won his third stage victory at this Vuelta on Saturday, having already raised his arms in Andorra during the 9th stage, then at the top of the terrible Alto de los Machucos (13th stage). To avoid spoiling, Pogacar secured the white jersey for the youngest and third place in the final overall standings behind Spanish veteran Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).
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