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Roglic: Van Aert is half human, half motor

Roglic: Van Aert is half human, half motor

Primož Roglič made up for last year’s disappointment in Paris-Nice , holding on to what should have been a more certain victory that was made…

Monday, Mar 14

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Primož Roglič made up for last year’s disappointment in Paris-Nice , holding on to what should have been a more certain victory that was made unexpectedly tense in the final stage, with bad weather and a serious threat from Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco) on the Col d’Eze.

Roglič, thanks to the help of Jumbo-Visma teammate Wout van Aert , almost single-handedly negated the gap that Yates had at the finish. The Briton won the stage by nine seconds, at one point enjoying a 28-second lead, though Roglič hung on to take the overall by 29 seconds ahead of Yates.

Last year, a pair of crashes on the final stage ended Roglič’s hopes of winning the WorldTour race and dumped him from first to 15th. Sunday’s stage looked at one point as if it might be another disappointment, and the Slovenian admitted he didn’t have the power that he needed on the final climb of the day.

"I don’t go without a bit of drama eh?" he quipped in the post-stage interview. "Again it was super hard the last one, but I have to admit this year I’m more happy than last year after the stage.

"I was tired from the very start. I also put on way too many clothes and cooked myself. When I took them off it was better, but too late. Still, it was good enough to achieve what we came here for.

"So it’s really a big thanks to to my whole team and especially Wout here at the end," Roglič […]

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