Roglic will be “normally” at the start of the 4th stage

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), one of the favorites of this Tour de France, fell heavily 10km from the finish of the third stage on Monday. The Slovenian rider has had medical examinations and he should be at the start of the 4th stage.

One of the most serious contenders for the final victory in this 2021 Tour de France has heavily tasted asphalt. This Monday, Primoz Roglic fell 10 km from the finish in Pontivy, where the finish of the third stage of the Grande Boucle was judged. While he was near the head of the peloton, the Slovenian suddenly fell on the side of the road, in the gravel.

With all the right side bruised and inevitably stunned, Roglic, expected by several teammates, left about a minute from the peloton. In the end, the leader the Jumbo-Visma came 92nd at 1’21 ” from Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix), winner of the day’s stage in chaos. The second overall last year crossed the line with the scars of his heavy fall, the jersey torn all over the right side, the skin torn off and his gaze into space.

Slovenian Primoz Roglic, injured in a fall, crosses the finish line of the 3rd stage of the Tour de France, contested between Lorient and Pontivy, on June 28, 2021
Slovenian Primoz Roglic, injured in a fall, crosses the finish line of the 3rd stage of the Tour de France, contested between Lorient and Pontivy, June 28, 2021 © BENOIT TESSIER © 2019 AFP

“We can continue”

Despite this fall, Roglic, who passed exams at the finish, assured of being able to take the start of the fourth stage. “Fortunately, nothing is broken. I am completely open, but I can continue”, he assured in an audio relayed by his team, the Jumbo-Visma, which specifies that his leader will be “normally” ready to take the start this Tuesday.

The first news, coming from its sports director, was however not very reassuring. “Roglic is not in good shape,” said Frans Maasen, in remarks reported by the Dutch press. “It’s not good. I’m not a doctor, but he has a problem with his tailbone.”

Before knowing if this fall will have consequences for the rest of his Grande Boucle, Roglic has already lost precious seconds on the other favorites to the final victory. This Monday evening, it is 1’04 “from Richard Carapaz or 1’12” from Tadej Pogacar.

Felix Gabory Journalist RMC Sport