May 28, 2023 at 8:41 PMUpdate: 3 hours ago
Primoz Roglic has also made Jumbo-Visma team boss Richard Plugge proud with his overall victory in the Giro d’Italia. The Slovenian himself said on Sunday that he hardly realized that he had won the Italian cycling round.
“It’s always nice when you win, but today in this city it’s really special,” said Roglic in Rome, after his overall victory in the final stage was no longer in danger as expected.
On Saturday, Roglic took over the pink jersey from Briton Geraint Thomas. This happened in a climbing time trial near his native Slovenia with a special course. On his way to victory, Roglic had to get off his bike because of an expired chain.
“I broke my coffee table in half, but Primoz just kept going and it all worked out,” Plugge told Eurosport. The general manager of Jumbo-Visma was still at home in front of the TV on Saturday, but was in Rome on Sunday.
There Plugge spoke of a “great day” for his team. “Everything comes together again in this Giro, with a setback beforehand when we had to start with half a new team, especially due to corona. Primoz is the personification of our team with his resilience, a hard head and always going forward.”
Primoz Roglic with the trophy for his overall victory. Photo: Getty Images
Bouwman: ‘Those guys were well prepared’
Koen Bouwman was part of the original team from which Robert Gesink, Tobias Foss and Jos van Emden dropped out due to corona infections shortly before the start. A day before the opening time trial, Jan Tratnik fell out due to a training accident.
“Those guys were well prepared,” said Bouwman. “We are lucky that we also had strong replacements and were able to solve it. We are now very happy with the pink in Rome.”
“You are still nervous for such a last ride, because imagine that Primoz still falls. But it all turned out well. Now it’s time for a party.”