Tour de France – 7th stage – A 3rd place at the Planche des Belles Filles: Primoz Roglic suffers but hangs on

Tour de France – 7th stage – A 3rd place at the Planche des Belles Filles: Primoz Roglic suffers but hangs on

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Primoz Roglic’s heart was between two chairs on Friday evening at the Planche des Belles Filles. Half-satisfied, half-worried. Two days after his fall during the 5th stage, which not only seriously compromised his chances of final victory (more than two minutes lost on Tadej Pogacar) but also left him with a bruised shoulder, the Slovenian is still alive. At the top of the Super Board, he went for a good third place, twelve seconds behind the Pogacar – Vingegaard tandem, which he could not follow. But he drooled as rarely.

The co-leader (but is this still really the case?) of the Jumbo Visma team is still paying the bill for his fall. “To give you an idea, he summarized after the arrivalevery pedal stroke I give when I’m seated is like a knife in the back“So he wasn’t sure what to expect on Friday but he wasn’t hoping for miracles.”The first objective was to survive this stage and then try to recover“, admits the three-time winner of the Vuelta.

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Given the circumstances, this third place at the top of the first big climb testifies to the fact that his legs are turning rather well despite his (classic) bad luck from the first week. “I can really be satisfied with the result, I’m even very happyhe assures. But the last 200 meters were really tough, I had to fight to get to the top. It was very, very steep. But I’m happy.”

Primoz Roglic has gone into combat mode, and he is waging this fight almost more against himself than against his opponents, at least for the moment. “I’m here to fight and not to crystrikes the Slovenian. The pain after my fall is no excuse and I refuse to throw in the towel. I will keep hanging on and fighting no matter what.” “Primoz is a warriorgreets the manager of the Jumbo Richard Plugge. That’s why I’m not completely surprised by his result today (Friday), even if he suffers from his back. He is incredible. He’s the fighter of our team.”

Primoz Roglic, 3rd at the top of the Super Planche des Belles Filles.

Credit: Imago

The legs are there. The head too. It is between the two that the subject is more problematic. So, what can he expect in the days to come? Fully perk up. Hold this weekend to reach the day of rest and approach the Alps at 100%, or not far. “I should recover a little more each dayhe pleads. I was especially worried the first few days after the fall because, in my experience, the next day and the day after, you never know what to expect. But I really take it day by day.”

The problem is knowing, even in the most optimistic scenario where he abandons any aftereffects of his fall in the cobblestone stage, what he can hope for. Now 13th in the general classification, Roglic is barely more than a minute and a half from the podium. But already 2’45 “from the yellow jersey. Obviously, he remains far too dangerous to be given the slightest room for maneuver. But beyond Tadej Pogacar, his position is also weakened internally compared to to Jonas Vingegaard. Roglic, super luxury lieutenant? The question will eventually arise. In the meantime, he has found a reason to smile in the Vosges. It’s already not so bad.

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