Primoz Roglic emphasized on Sunday after his victory in the Vuelta a España that he is grateful to his team Jumbo-Visma. The Slovenian toast to victory during the final stage, which was won by sprinter Fabio Jakobsen, and crossed the line in Madrid with his teammates.
"I am proud of the team. Everyone gave 110 percent and that gave me extra motivation to fully go for it," said Roglic shortly after the finish in the streets of the Spanish capital.
After Roglic held out in the last mountain stage on Saturday, it was almost certain that he was going to win the Tour of Spain. The 29-year-old leader of Jumbo-Visma captured the red jersey halfway through the Vuelta by triumphing in the time trial and did not give up his leading position anymore.
"It was three difficult and difficult weeks with many ups and downs. The many falls and setbacks also made it mentally difficult," Roglic looked back. On Friday he went down in the nineteenth stage, but he fought back, convincingly holding the red.
"We had to be on our guard every day. We have shown resilience and resilience as a team. Now it's time to enjoy."
Primoz Roglic crossed the line in Madrid with his teammates from Jumbo-Visma. (Photo: Pro Shots)
"I'm incredibly happy"
The final victory in the Vuelta is Roglic's first victory in a big round. Also on the podium were 39-year-old Spaniard Alejandro Valverde, who finished second at 2.33, and Roglic's compatriot Tadej Pogacar (at 2.55).
"This is not only my biggest win, but also the biggest win for Slovenian cycling," said Roglic. "I am incredibly happy."
Lotto-Jumbo was also never before the strongest in a big round. The Rabobank team, one of the predecessors of Jumbo-Visma, did win the Vuelta in 2007 and the Giro d'Italia in 2009 with the Russian Denis Menchov.
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