15 September 2019
King Roglic rides Bianchi on Vuelta’s overall throne
Team Jumbo-Visma’s Slovenian claimed the GC success in the Vuelta a Espana reaping Gimondi and Coppi’s heritage, in the centenary of the Campionissimo’s birth. Roglic built his success with an ITT win and an impressive consistency throughout the race
How to win Vuelta a Espana on the first attempt: Team Jumbo-Visma’s Slovenian Primoz Roglic rode his Bianchi to the overall success in the 74th edition of the Iberian stage race, rounded-out by the 106,6 km finale from Fuenlabrada to Madrid. Like Felice Gimondi did in 1968, in the day of the centenary of Bianchi icon Fausto Coppi’s birth, Roglic topped the Vuelta in his first participation, taking advantage from the victory in Pau ITT and several podium and Top 5 spots, that earned him also the primacy in the Points Classification. The 29-year-old rider from Trbovlje finished the Vuelta with a 2:33 advantage on Spanish Alejandro Valverde and 2:55 on fellow countryman Tadej Pogacar.
Roglic took the leader’s red jersey riding Aquila CV to win the stage 10, a 36,2 km ITT from Jurançon to Pau (France). However, the Slovenian had previously paved the way for the throne placing third in Calpe and Cortals d’Encamp, runner-up in Mas de la Costa and wiping up the harmful effects of the crash in the opening TTT.
As he took over the race, Roglic controlled the attacks of the rivals with the help of his team, strengthening his lead with the second spots in Los Machucos and Becerril de la Sierra, on saddle of Oltre XR4.
The GC win at Vuelta is the fourth overall success for Roglic in 2019, after UAE Tour, Tirreno-Adriatico and Tour de Romandie. Primoz entered the club of the champions able to top a Grand Tour with Bianchi, including Marco Pantani, who left his mark on the cycling history with a resounding Giro d’Italia-Tour de France double. The Slovenian had placed fourth at 2018 Grande Boucle and third at 2019 Giro d’Italia.
Third in the Teams Classification, Team Jumbo-Visma recorded another glory day in Vuelta’s stage 15, with Sepp Kuss’ solo win on Santuario dell’Acebo mountain finish.
THE BIKES OF TEAM JUMBO-VISMA
The Team Jumbo-Visma is equipped with Oltre XR4, Bianchi’s ultimate aero road racing machine. Engineered with the Bianchi CV system powered by Countervail, developed and tested in cooperation with World Tour Team Jumbo-Visma, Oltre XR4 is designed to maximize the aerodynamic advantage and control.
The Team Jumbo-Visma is also supplied with Aquila CV TT machine, Bianchi’s ultimate time trial machine engineered with the Bianchi CV system powered by Countervail. Aquila CV is designed to increase power output and rider’s energy, with maximum control with each pedal stroke.