Primoz Roglic is happy with the battle he struck in the Tour of Spain. The leader of Jumbo-Visma captured the red jersey in the time trial on Tuesday, although he realizes that he is not there yet.
29-year-old Roglic did not leave much of the competition in the 36-kilometer time trial around Pau, and made a big gap in the rankings.
"I am happy with how it went today and we will see how it ends in Madrid. The gap with the competition could not be big enough for me," said the Slovenian after his victory.
"If I had taken ten minutes, I would not have been satisfied. We still have a lot to choose from in the Vuelta, but I am now in good shape and look forward to the coming days."
Earlier this season, Roglic also led a major round. In the Giro d'Italia he wore the pink jersey up to and including the fifth stage, but the overall victory was not possible. He eventually finished third.
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"Jumbo-Visma has shown to be strong"
Roglic, who previously had some bad luck with this Vuelta, is confident that he will be able to maintain his status as leader of the classification this time.
"I feel good despite my fall in the first stage. The wounds I sustained in Andorra are still open. Apart from that, it is going well and the team has shown to be strong."
Roglic no longer has any help from Steven Kruijswijk at Jumbo-Visma, because the number three in the Tour de France stepped off this Vuelta. He can count on the support of George Bennett and Robert Gesink, among others.
The Vuelta continues on Wednesday with a hilly stage of some 180 kilometers, starting in Saint-Palais and finishing in Urdax. The Spanish stage race ends next Sunday in Madrid.
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