Asked about his credibility given that “there are still questions about Tour leaders entering week three,” Roglic replied that there was no need to worry.
“I think they do a lot of checks. Today, a little after 6 am, I had full control, ”he said. “I also now have that I just had control so I think there’s really nothing to hide, and at least looking my way you can definitely believe it.”
Sportingly, Roglic conceded that Pogacar got the better of him in the final sprint, but he praised his teammates for their hard work.
After Tony Martin did a lot of work on the flat before the three first class climbs, Jumbo-Visma’s Robert Gesink managed almost all of the Col de la Biche on his own, then Wout Van Aert was particularly remarkable on the Grand Colombier. , even making Bernal crack. George Bennett took over before Tom Dumoulin made another huge effort near the top.
“The guys were really strong, in fact the plan was to let go of the breakaway, it was not for us to [control] the race, ”Roglic argued.
“But then I saw we could control it and the guys were feeling really good. Unfortunately I was a little too small at the end but anyway it was a very nice day for us. ”
According to him, 40 seconds on Roglic would be enough if they made it to the final time trial of La Planche des Belles Filles under the same circumstances, perhaps hinting that he would play a more defensive match in the alpine stages at come.
But he insisted that there had been no freebies to Pogacar at the top of the Grand Colombier, saying “for sure he was the strongest and I’m a little disappointed. We’re friends, but we all want to win and we will. always fight all the way. ”