Giro d’Italia: fight for the pink jersey: time trial brings decision

Giro d’Italia: fight for the pink jersey: time trial brings decision

At the 2020 Tour, Roglic was stripped of the yellow jersey in the last time trial, and now he is following Thomas in the Giro. He is 26 seconds behind. Roglic relies on home advantage.

Geraint Thomas or Primoz Roglic? A mountain time trial on the penultimate stage decides the overall victory at the 106th Giro d’Italia.

Not exactly a good omen for the Slovenian professional cyclist. It was almost three years ago that Roglic’s apparently safe yellow jersey was snatched from his compatriot Tadej Pogacar in La-Planche-des-Belles-Filles on the penultimate day in a fight against the clock at the Tour de France.

Can Roglic turn things around this time? He is just 26 seconds behind former Tour de France winner Thomas, but the 37-year-old Briton is considered a time trial specialist. In the time trial to Cesena on the ninth stage, Thomas was 16 seconds faster than the Olympic champion, but in the opening time trial Roglic was twelve seconds ahead of Thomas. It could be exciting.

Roglic relies on the home advantage. The starting point of Tarvisio is only a few kilometers from the Slovenian border, so many fans of the 33-year-old can be expected. And Roglic has fond memories of Tarvisio anyway. In 2007 he won the gold medal at the Junior World Championships there on the ski jump with the Slovenian team, before later switching to cycling.

From Tarvisio it is 18.6 kilometers to Monte Lussari. But the final ascent has it all. An average incline of 11.2 kilometers awaits you over 7.8 kilometers. On Sunday, meanwhile, the final stage with start and finish in Rome should be a matter for the sprinters.

Source: Stern

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