13 September 2019
Vuelta leader Roglic runner-up in stage 18
The Slovenian strengthened his overall lead in the Spanish stage race with three days to go
Team Jumbo-Visma’s Primoz Roglic placed second in Vuelta a España stage 18, 177,5 km from Colmenar Viejo to Becerril de la Sierra (Spain), on Thursday, September 12th. Powered with Oltre XR4, the Slovenian extended his overall leadership by outsprinting GC rivals Alejandro Valverde and Rafal Majka, with a 15-second gap from stage-winner Sergio Higuita.
The 29-year-old rider from Trbovlje leads the overall standings with a 2:50 advantage on Spain’s Alejandro Valverde and 3’31” on Nairo Quintana.
The sixth podium spot in 2019 Vuelta – including the Pau ITT – also allowed Roglic to strengthen his hold on the Points Classification with 137 point, ahead of fellow countryman Tadej Pogacar (99) and Colombia’s Quintana (82).
THE BIKE OF PRIMOZ ROGLIC
Primoz Roglic 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.