Cycling | 29 april 2018
Roglic wins overall classification in Tour de Romandie
Primoz Roglic has won the overall classification in the Tour de Romandie. In the final stage to Geneva the first position of the team captain of Team LottoNL-Jumbo was never at risk. For the 28-year-old Slovenian it is his fourth win of the season, and his second overall win in a WorldTour stage race. Earlier this month, Roglic won the Vuelta al Pais Vasco. The overall win of Roglic meant the eleventh win for Team LottoNL-Jumbo this year.
Roglic laid the foundation for his final victory in the two time trials and was able to keep himself upfront in the remaining stages with the help of his Team LottoNL-Jumbo teammates, who controlled the race diligently. With Steven Kruijswijk, the team of manager Richard Plugge has a second rider in the top ten of the overall standings. He finished in sixth place.
“I’m speechless. Me and the whole team are happy, very happy with this victory”, a visibly proud Roglic explained after the stage. “The whole team has done an excellent job this week. This victory is also for my teammates. The boys were very strong and it is a pleasure to work with them and to reward their trust in me with victories. I knew I was strong and I was also optimistic, but you still have to do it. That is far from easy. Every day was tough and each stage was decisive. As a team we have done a fantastic job this week. I can’t express enough how incredibly proud I am of this team.”
Merijn Zeeman, sport director at Team LottoNL-Jumbo, called the development of Primoz unprecedented. “He’s been with the team now for more than two years. His development as a cyclist, as a former ski-jumper, is phenomenal. It’s a dream for us to see how he develops. As a person, as a cyclist and as a leader of this team. He’s a fantastic person to work with. He has now won two of the most prestigious WorldTour stage races on the calendar with the Vuelta al Pais Vasco and Romandie. The way Kruijswijk as fellow team leader has put his own ambitions aside for Primoz, is nice to see. This also indicates how good the atmosphere is within the team. If you look at the development of Team LottoNL-Jumbo in the last two years, as a relatively small WorldTour team, the conclusion is that we are doing very well. Our strength is the development of young talented riders, to make them better. Day in, day out. Our policy is based on that. All resources and expertise are put into this and it’s paying off. We pay attention to all details, from training, nutrition up to and including the material. Everyone within this team contributes to this. Everyone aims for the same and that’s necessary to keep growing.”