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Update | Roglic is back on his bike, Jumbo-Visma doesn’t know if he’s riding the Vuelta yet

(July 23, 2022) Possibly bad news for Jumbo Visma: Primoz Roglic has according to ESPN two vertebrae broken in his fall in the fifth stage of the Tour de France. The Slovenian withdrew from the Tour de France a week and a half later.

This break would seriously jeopardize Roglic’s participation in the Vuelta a España, which starts August 19 in Utrecht. Jumbo-Visma has not yet confirmed the reports about the injury of its leader, because the MRI scan of Roglic’s back has not yet been studied by the doctors and orthopedists of the Dutch formation.

For Roglic himself, this injury would also be a big blow. The Slovenian just got out of the Tour de France to prepare for new goals this season, with a fourth win in the Vuelta a España being the big goal. In the Tour de France he still did an excellent job in the stage won by Jonas Vingegaard to the Col du Granon, by putting pressure on compatriot Tadej Pogacar on the Galibier.

Without Roglic, Jumbo-Visma continues to work on an excellent Tour de France. Vingegaard is firmly in yellow with two days to go, while Wout van Aert is already sure of his green jersey. Christophe Laporte also achieved success on behalf of Jumbo-Visma on Friday.

The possible absence of leader Roglic would be another blow to the selection of the Vuelta of the Vuelta a España. Steven Kruijswijk previously had to give up after he broke his shoulder and collarbone in a crash in the Tour de France. Koen Bouwman is the replacement for Kruijswijk in the selection of the Dutch team, which for the time being seems to consist of Mike Teunissen, Rohan Dennis, Sepp Kuss, Robert Gesink and Edoardo Affini.

Roglic is the defending champion of the Vuelta a España, having also won it in 2020 and 2019.

Update – August 5, 2022 (8.30am): Roglic is back on the bike

Primoz Roglic is sitting, three weeks after his abandonment in the Tour de Franceback on the bike, he announced on Thursday Instagram. The Slovenian did not start in the fifteenth stage of the Tour de France. He suffered too much from the injuries he sustained in a crash in the first week of La Grande Boucle.

Whether Roglic actually broke two vertebrae in the crash, as indicated earlier, has still not been confirmed by his team Jumbo-Visma. The fact that the Olympic time trial champion has resumed training sessions is good news with a view to the Vuelta a Espana. Roglic has already won the Spanish stage race three times, and would like to take a shot at a fourth overall victory. The Vuelta starts on August 19, with a team time trial in Utrecht.

In conversation with Velonews let Jumbo-Visma performance coach Mathieu Heijboer know that no decision has yet been made about Roglic’s participation in the Vuelta. “We are waiting to see how quickly Primoz recovers. We hope he’s ready, but it’s too early to say. The staff needs to know first if Primoz is in, because if he’s not there it will change the whole approach.’

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