Primoz Roglic Wins Vuelta a España as Race Comes to an End in Madrid

Primoz Roglic, the ex Slovenian ski-jumper, has entered history as the first Slovenian cyclist to win a Grand Tour. He was confirmed as the winner after completing, but not winning, the last stage of the race which started in Fuenlabrada and ended in Madrid. 

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A Rough Start for Jumbo-Visma

Even though Primoz Roglic was one of the favourites for winning the race before the Grand Tour began, the results from the first stages were saying different things. They had an especially rocky start at the opening team time-trial when they were involved in a massive crash. Unfortunately, this crash meant that Roglic’s teammate Steven Kruijswijk had to drop out of the race because of the injuries he sustained. 

In total, Primoz Roglic won just one event — the individual time-trial on 3 September. After all, time-trials are his main specialities. However, that did not stop him from winning the race since more parameters count in cycling than just outright wins. That’s the beauty of the sport. 


A Big Achievement for Roglic

The 29-year-old Primoz Roglic won the Vuelta a España with a 2-minute and 16-second lead in front of Alejandro Valverde who won the second place. In cycling, especially in Grand Tours, that is a huge lead. Therefore, it can be said that the winner of the entire race was known several events before the last one. 

The third position was claimed by Tadej Pogarac who also won the white jersey that is given to the best young rider in the event. 

After the race, Roglic said that it was a truly special moment for him, and that he will definitely be happy in Madrid. He took the chance to thank his teammates, without whom his win would definitely not have been possible. Cycling is a team sport, so Rogic’s win is a win for the entire Jumbo-Visma team. 

To get out of the hard spot in which they were at the beginning, they had to consistently work hard, so their win of the entire race is definitely well earned.

Fabio Jakobsen Secured a Stage Win for Deceuninck-Quickstep

Fabio Jakobsen was also one of the stars at the end of the Vuelta a España. He won the last stage in Madrid, adding another victory and bringing the overall tally of Deceuninck-Quickstep to 5 stage wins. 

The Dutch cyclist obliterated Sam Bennet and Szymon Sajnok in a sprint, taking a relatively easy win for the team and for himself. 

While the 2019 La Vuelta is Roglic’s first Grand Tour win, this is Fabio’s first participation in a Grand Tour ever. After the race, he said that he had had some tough moments both physically and mentally, but he had managed to finish the event successfully thanks to his teammates.

Deceuninck-Quickstep did not risk much with the last stage. They used their tried and tested formula which ended up working well once again. They dominated the entire stage until about 3 km before the end. Then they gave control to other teams and pushed their sprinter across the line to the win at the end.