Primoz Roglic has won the seventeenth stage of the Vuelta a España. The Slovenian of Team Jumbo-Visma crossed the line with teammate Jonas Vingegaard, nineteen seconds ahead of general classification leader Sepp Kuss. It is the second time in this Vuelta that the Dutch squad has completed a mountain stage podium.
“It’s great to take the win on this climb”, Roglic said. “The Angliru is one of the most famous climbs in the world. The mountain has a rich history, and the gradients are unprecedented. I wanted to win this stage.”
On the way to the win, Roglic showed another fine display of teamwork with teammates Kuss and Vingegaard. The trio rode together at the front of the Angliru for a while. At a blistering pace, Roglic and Vingegaard rode together to the line, where the Slovenian took the day’s victory. Kuss kept the leader’s jersey.
Roglic: “Sepp told us to give everything. Of course, it feels strange to leave a teammate behind. But we are riders, and we always try to do our best. I told Sepp to keep fighting and to believe in himself. He heroically fought his way to the finish. We are here for a bigger goal, and that is to win the Vuelta with the team.”
“We knew today would be one of the decisive days”, birthday boy Kuss said. “Claiming first, second and third place, we passed this tough test with flying colours. Things are looking good for Team Jumbo-Visma. But there is still a lot to do in the coming days. For example, we should not underestimate tomorrow’s stage. The time differences don’t lie. It is up to us to give everything in the remaining stages.”
Roglic’s second victory is the fifth for Team Jumbo-Visma in this Vuelta. The Slovenian’s 14th win of the season takes Team Jumbo-Visma’s tally to 61 in 2023.