Primož Roglič retired from the Tour de France.
His Jumbo-Visma team confirmed on Sunday morning that Roglič will not be starting Sunday’s 9th mountain stage in Tignes.
Last year’s runner-up Roglič entered the race as one of the big favorites but suffered an injury from a fall in Stage 3 after tangling the handlebars with Sonny Colbrelli as he attempted to climb in the group.
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Roglič was already struggling to keep pace on the small climbs and entered the eighth stage on Saturday well below the overall standings. The quick opening of Stage 8 saw him leave the field very early, with Geraint Thomas, and he crossed the line more than 35 minutes behind the winner of the day, Dylan Teuns.
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With his overall standings challenge completely gone, Roglič decided to stop and rest before his scheduled departure to the Tokyo Olympics later this month.
“We made this choice together,” Roglič said. “There’s no point in continuing like this. Now is the time to recover and focus on my new goals. I am very disappointed to have to leave the Tour, but I have to accept it as it is. I remain optimistic and look to the future.
In Wednesday’s time trial, Roglič appeared to have overcome the worst of his injuries with his strong run for seventh. However, this turned out to be an anomaly rather than a trend towards improving his form and he was knocked out at the back of the field on a second class climb on Friday.
“Immediately after my fall in the third stage, I did not think that this fall would announce my departure from the Tour. I never look that far, ”he said. “After a few days, I saw that I was not making any progress in my recovery. Even though I surprised myself in the time trial, I still had a bad feeling the following days. The long and difficult stages take their toll. I will now focus on recovering from this.
Jumbo-Visma’s hopes for the overall standings are far from over in the Tour de France and the team still has a chance with Jonas Vingegaard, who currently sits fifth in the overall standings five minutes away from Tadej Pogačar’s yellow jersey. . Wout van Aert is the current best placed rider in the team, second overall at 1:48 ahead.
Roglič will now place his ambitions for 2021 in the Olympic road race and a possible start at Vuelta a España.