Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) showed yet again this week he will leave no stone un-turned in his quest to win the Tour de France as the Slovenian tested his techniques for racing cobbles at the Grand Prix de Denain .
This summer’s Tour will feature nearly 20 kilometres of cobbled racing in what promises to be one of the most fraught first week stages.
And with that very much in mind, both Roglic and team-mate Jonas Vingegaard , set to be Jumbo-Visma’s co-leader for the Tour, took part in the lowkey mid-week Grand Prix de Denain to consolidate their techniques for riding at race speed across the pavé of northern France.
Prior to racing Jumbo-Visma sources had explained that rather than use the much rougher pave of the Flemish Classics as a test, the smoother cobbles on the GP de Denain route were more similar to those the Tour peloton will be tackling this summer on stage five from Lille to Arenberg.
While a late puncture kept Vingegaard out of the main race action, Roglic proved to be thoroughly at home on the cobbles. Fresh off his win at Paris-Nice, the Slovenian took part in a 35-kilometre late break alongside three Ineos Grenadiers racers: Magnus Sheffield, Jonathan Narvaez and Ben Turner, as well as France’s Damien Touzé (AG2R Citroën).
Reeled in two kilometres from the line with the rest of the break, Roglic said afterwards that he felt very satisfied with his high-profile performance on such nominally unfamiliar terrain – despite nearly making it to […]