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Tour of Spain: Roglic throws in the towel after his fall on Tuesday

He will not add a fourth Vuelta to his list. On Wednesday September 7, the Slovenian Primoz Roglic, who occupied second place in the general classification of the Tour of Spain 2022, was forced to retire after his fall the day before less than 100 m from the finish of the stage. .

” Unfortunately, [il] will not be at the start of the 17e stage, following his fall yesterday [mardi]. Get well quickly champion! »wrote the Jumbo-Visma on his Twitter account.
“You had ambitious plans for the last days, but unfortunately it was said that it would not happen that way”added the Dutch formation.

Winner of the last three editions, the leader of the Jumbo was on an upward slope after a difficult start to Vuelta: returned to less than two minutes from the red jersey, the Belgian Remco Evenepoel (Quick Step), Roglic attacked on Tuesday at the foot of the final bump, in the last three kilometers.

Double bad luck

But the 32-year-old Slovenian had a double bad luck: surprised by this attack, Evenepoel, left behind, suffered a puncture in this final – less than 3 km from the finish -, then benefiting from the regulations classifying him at the same time than the first platoon. Roglic fell violently shortly after launching his sprint, not far from the line. He crossed the finish as best he could, but then remained for a long time, haggard, with a bloody elbow and knee.

Uncertain weather for this Vuelta, after an abandonment on a fall – already – at the Tour de France in July, the Slovenian was on Wednesday morning, 1 min 26 s from Evenepoel. The young Belgian now has only one opponent for the final victory, in the person of the Spaniard Enric Mas (Movistar), who recovers the 2e square, 2 min 1 s.

The World with AFP

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