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Roglic returns from injury to defend Spanish Vuelta title

Roglic returns from injury to defend Spanish Vuelta title

Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic reacts during the thirteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 193 kilometers (119.9 miles) with start in Le Bourg…

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Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic reacts during the thirteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 193 kilometers (119.9 miles) with start in Le Bourg d’Oisans and finish in Saint-Etienne. (Thibault Camus/AP) MADRID (AP) — The Spanish Vuelta is the type of race Primoz Roglic really doesn’t want to miss.

Roglic has been the rider to beat at the Grand Tour event, winning the last three editions.

So even though the 32-year-old Slovenian hasn’t been able to prepare properly — after an injury sustained at the Tour de France — he will still be competing at this year’s race which starts Friday in the Netherlands.

“We are delighted that Primoz can start in the Vuelta after his serious injury in the Tour de France,” Merijn Zeeman, director of Roglic’s Jumbo-Visma team, said this week. “Logically, he didn’t have the best preparation, but we greatly respect him for how he managed to get ready. We have a good and balanced team at the start that can optimally support Primoz in all areas.”

Roglic’s preparations to defend his title took a hit because of a dislocated shoulder in the fifth stage of the Tour in July. He was able to continue racing but eventually quit ahead of the 15th stage while also nursing a lower back problem and saying he wanted to allow his “injuries to heal properly.”

The Spanish Vuelta remains the only Grand Tour event won by Roglic. He will be trying to join Spaniard Roberto Heras (2000, 2003-05) as the only rider to […]

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