Roglic secures overall victory with win in final stage at Vuelta a Burgos

Roglic secures overall victory with win in final stage at Vuelta a Burgos

Primoz Roglic has won the Vuelta a Burgos. The 33-year-old Slovenian of Team Jumbo-Visma held off direct rivals Adam Yates and Aleksandr Vlasov in a sprint in the final stage. It is Roglic’s fourth overall victory in a stage race this season.

The fifth and final stage of the Vuelta a Burgos took the peloton from Golmayo to Lagunas de Neila. A breakaway of four was able to get away from the peloton, but Team Jumbo-Visma always kept the lead group within reach. Only on the final climb to Lagunas de Neila, the race broke up. The seven-kilometre climb, with an average gradient of 8.5, is the traditional final of the Vuelta a Burgos.

The leaders took the initiative at the foot of the final climb. Roglic and Vlasov responded immediately to an attack from Yates. The top three in the general classification left the rest of the peloton behind. They rode together to the line, where Roglic made a final acceleration. The Slovenian sprinted to take another stage win and the overall title. “Although it was another hot day, I felt good”, Roglic said. “We were always in control of the stage. Ultimately, it was up to me to put in another ultimate effort. I’m happy to have finished it off like this.”

“It was a pleasure to race here. It was the first time I had raced this stage race. The crowd was fantastic. It was also good to get some race miles in my legs one week before the Vuelta a España. I came here to improve, and I think I did that.”

Sports director Marc Reef: “This was a good dress rehearsal. The main goal of this week was to take the final steps towards the Vuelta a España, and we did that. The temperatures, the course and the racing style are similar to what we will see later. The riders who are going to race the Vuelta a España have also shown that they are ready. Jan (Tratnik) had a long rehabilitation, but he showed a very high level here. We won the team time trial, two stages and the general classification. We can only be happy with that.”

Team Jumbo-Visma has now won fifty races following Roglic’s double on the last day. This season, Roglic himself already has twelve victories to his name.