Primoz Roglic will ride the Giro D’Italia for team Jumbo-Visma. The Slovenian is the leader in the first big round of the year and the Dutchman will support him. The Dutch team will start with the ambition to win, says Merijn Zeeman during the team presentation. There it also became clear that Primož Roglič is not at the start of the Tour de France. With Roglic, Evenepoel and Almeida there will some very interesting odds for better. Especially free bets are worth a punt on any of these 3.
Giro suits the Slovenian
Merijn Zeeman says that this plan has been thought about for a long time. According to him, the course of the Giro d’Italia is ideally suited for Primož Roglič, who finished third in the Italian stage race in 2019. The team and Roglič therefore still have an account to settle with the Giro, it sounds. “This is the perfect year to go for it,” says Zeeman. With Wilco Kelderman, Roglič gets a foreman to Italy. “When you have Wilco next to you, you can have a lot of confidence.” Jan Tratnik will also assist his compatriot Roglič in the Giro d’Italia. Before he goes to the first major of the year, he will ride some classics in the spring. He mentions the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, Strade Bianche and Milan-San Remo. After that he also rides the Tour of Catalonia.
No Tour for Roglic
Primož Roglič therefore contests the Tour of Italy, but ignores the Tour de France. Jonas Vingegaard is the leader of Jumbo-Visma in that last round, says Merijn Zeeman. The Dane defends his title there. “Of course a team with both Jonas and Primoz would be stronger, but we are confident that we can win the race that way. And we have the same ambition for the Giro. That course is also very important to us.” Roglic himself calls the Giro a race “that I love, but that I have not won yet”. This fall, Roglic rode the Tour of Spain, where he crashed hard and had to give up. At the beginning of October he underwent surgery on his shoulder. “I am still recovering from that procedure, but I hope to be in good shape again in May. In any case, I will do everything I can to succeed.”