Thunderbolt at the Vuelta: abandonment of Primoz Roglic, second overall behind Remco Evenepoel

“Unfortunately he will not be at the start of the stage due to his crash on Tuesday,” wrote the Dutch team. “Get well champion. Thank you for these beautiful moments in this Vuelta. You had ambitious plans for the last few days but unfortunately it is different.”

On Tuesday, the 32-year-old Slovenian attacked in the final bump of the stage leading the riders to Tomares. Exploding the peloton, he took four sprinters in his wheel while Remco Evenepoel, red jersey, suffered a puncture at the same time.

While there were only a few meters left, Roglic touched the wheel of Fred Wright (Bahrain Victorious) and found himself on the ground. Despite apparent injuries, he crossed the line and was credited with the time of the winner, Dane Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo). The Slovenian will therefore have grabbed 8 seconds in vain from Evenepoel, who was ranked in the peloton time.

Tuesday evening, its sporting director Addy Engels had already cast doubt on the continuation of the Vuelta by his cador. “We have to hope that the damage is not too great,” he said.

Roglic was second overall 1:26 behind Evenepoel. Enric Mas (Movistar) is now the closest pursuer of Evenepoel, at 2:01.

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