Plugge: ‘I’m glad that Primoz is speaking out, looking in the mirror and naming the behaviour of riders as well.’
Jumbo-Visma woke up on the morning of Friday, September 9, saw the spiralling aftermath of Queen Elizabeth II’s death and the sleepy nature of the Vuelta stage 19, and chose war.
While brands were busying themselves with increasingly deranged tributes to one of history’s longest reigning monarchs, Jumbo-Visma said “hold my cerveza” and cooked up something they’ve filed under the ‘longread’ section of their website.
‘One crash too many for Primož Roglič, though there is hope for safer racing,’ reads the headline, released at 3pm European time mid-Vuelta stage, containing quotes from the Slovenian on his Vuelta-ending crash in the finale of stage 16.
“This was not okay,” Roglič says in the article after an intro describing how the Slovenian was “fighting off the pain” and that the issue needing to be discussed was “how” he “suffered that hurt.”
“This shouldn’t happen,” Roglič continued. “People move on swiftly as if nothing happened. For me, that doesn’t apply. This is not the way I want the sport to continue and I want to make that clear.”
Roglič is just warming up, however.“After the crash, it took me time to straighten things out. I asked myself: how can this be? My conclusion is that the way this crash happened is unacceptable. Not everyone saw it correctly. The crash was not caused by a bad road or a lack of safety but by a rider’s behaviour. I […]