Primoz Roglic does not shy away from his favorite role in the Vuelta a España. The leader of the ambitious Jumbo-Visma goes for nothing less than the overall victory in the last big round of the year.
"I am going for the win. The podium is nice, but I already made it in the Giro. I am going to do everything to win," said Roglic to Cyclingnews .
"I am ready. Everyone starts at zero on Saturday and every stage becomes a challenge and a fight. It will be my first Vuelta, but we have a strong team. I look forward to it."
Jumbo-Visma put together a team with strong climbers for the Vuelta. Behind Roglic, Steven Kruijswijk and George Bennett are the shadow leaders and Robert Gesink is employed by the three.
At the beginning of June, 29-year-old Roglic closed the Giro d'Italia as number three behind Richard Carapaz and Vincenzo Nibali. The Slovenian conceded 2.5 minutes to Carapaz, who by the way is missing in the Vuelta due to an injury.
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Last month, Roglic was also an option for the Jumbo-Visma Tour de France team, but he had not recovered sufficiently from his efforts in the Giro.
"Yet that was not a disappointment. You have to be ready for a race and that was not me. It is easier to see that your teammates are doing well than that I was there myself and had to suffer," said Roglic.
The recognized climber and time trialist is happy that he has a strong team around him in the Vuelta and is not afraid that the hierarchy within Jumbo-Visma will be disrupted. "The stronger we are, the better. We try to participate as long as possible for the rankings and we will see."
The 74th edition of the Vuelta starts on Saturday with a team time trial. The Spanish stage race ends in Madrid on Sunday 15 September.
See also: View the stage plan and the list of participants of the Vuelta