BATTLE OF THE TOUR STARS – IS ITALY STRONG ARMING FRANCE?

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In the annual battle between the three Grand Tours over which race in able to attract the best riders, Italy scored another jab with news that Primoz Roglic will now also be heading the the Giro instead of the Tour de France.

Slovenian Primoz Roglic will focus on the Giro d’Italia next season while Danish team-mate Jonas Vingegaard will defend
his Tour de France title, their Jumbo-Visma team said on Thursday.

The 33-year-old Roglic was a runner up in the Tour in 2020. He failed to finish the last two editions of the race after heavy crashes, but last year he stayed in the Tour long enough to help Vingegaard into the yellow jersey. The Dane went on to win the race.

“Wilco Kelderman will support him and we will build a solid team around Primoz,” said sporting director Merijn Zeeman during the team presentation. “Having two strong leaders is a luxury and we will give everything to win this Giro.”

Roglic, who has three Vuelta titles, is not the only big name who will miss the 2023 Tour de France.

Last month, Vuelta and world road race champion in Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl’s Remco Evenepoel announced he would also be riding the Giro and skipping the Tour.

Photo: Bettini/Sprint Cycling Agency

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