Primož Roglič

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Primož Roglič
Primož Roglič (Team Jumbo-Visma, 2019).jpg
Primož Roglič in June 2019
Personal information
Full namePrimož Roglič
Born (1989-10-29) 29 October 1989 (age 30)
Trbovlje, SR Slovenia, Yugoslavia
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)[1]
Weight65 kg (143 lb; 10 st 3 lb)[2]
Team information
Current teamTeam Jumbo–Visma
Rider typeAll-rounder
Professional teams
2013–2015Adria Mobil
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
3 individual stages (2017, 2018, 2020)
Giro d'Italia
3 individual stages (2016, 2019)
Vuelta a España
General classification (2019)
Points classification (2019)
2 individual stages (2019, 2020)

Stage races

Tour de Romandie (2018, 2019)
Tirreno–Adriatico (2019)
Tour of the Basque Country (2018)
UAE Tour (2019)
Volta ao Algarve (2017)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2020)
National Time Trial Championships (2016)
Liège–Bastogne–Liège (2020)
Giro dell'Emilia (2019)
Tre Valli Varesine (2019)


UCI World Ranking (2019)

Primož Roglič (Slovenian: About this soundlisten ; born 29 October 1989) is a Slovenian racing cyclist, who rides for UCI WorldTeam Team Jumbo–Visma.[4] Roglič started his career as a ski jumper but then shifted to cycling. He is the current world number 1 ranked road cyclist in the UCI World Ranking, having held the top placing for 38 consecutive weeks (3rd all-time in total).

At the 2017 Tour de France, Roglič became the first Slovenian to win a Tour de France stage. In September 2019, Roglič won the Vuelta a España, becoming the first Slovenian to win a Grand Tour competition.[5] He has also finished on the final podium at the 2019 Giro d'Italia (third overall), and at the 2020 Tour de France (second overall); during the latter race, he became the first Slovenian to wear the yellow jersey,[6] before losing out to compatriot Tadej Pogačar.


Ski jumping[edit]

Born in Trbovlje, Roglič is a former ski jumper who started to compete in 2003, and was the Junior World Team event champion in 2007.[7] He also has two Continental Cup wins, the second level of international ski jumping. He set his personal best at a distance of 185 metres (607 feet) in Planica. In 2011, Roglič performed his last international competition in Szczyrk and officially ended his ski jumping career in summer 2012.[8][9]

In 2007, Roglič suffered a crash as a test jumper during official training in front of his home crowd at Letalnica bratov Gorišek, the biggest ski flying hill in the world in Planica, Slovenia.[10][11][12][13]

Road cycling[edit]

Adria Mobil (2013–2015)[edit]

Roglič took up cycling in 2012, after quitting ski jumping, because he felt it was too hard to be at the highest level of the sport. Roglič quickly made the jump to paid levels for the 2013 season with the continental Adria Mobil team. After three seasons with the team his successful 2015 season, including a win at the 2015 Tour of Slovenia, got him a contract to ride with LottoNL–Jumbo for the next season.[14]

LottoNL–Jumbo (2016–present)[edit]


During his first year at the World Tour level, Roglič immediately showed his talent when placing 5th overall at the Volta ao Algarve. Just one month later Roglič finished 2nd on Stage 7 at the Volta a Catalunya, when he lost the sprint to Alexey Tsatevich. Roglič started in the Giro d'Italia,[15] where he surprised with a second place in the opening time trial in Apeldoorn, a hundredth of a second slower than winner Tom Dumoulin.[16] He won the 9th stage, a 40.5-kilometre (25.2-mile) individual time trial in Chianti. That victory came as a surprise for many as Roglič had to use his spare bike because his bike did not meet the UCI requirements. Roglič did not manage to transfer his cycle computer onto his spare bike in time for the start, and it was therefore hard for Roglič to know how much time he had left of the stage, and what his power numbers were. Just two weeks after finishing the Giro d'Italia, Roglič won the Slovenian National Time Trial Championships. He finished 10th in the Time trial at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.[citation needed]


Roglič on his way to winning Stage 17 of the 2017 Tour de France.

During the 2017 season, Roglič started out by winning the overall title at the Volta ao Algarve. One month later he finished 4th overall in Tirreno–Adriatico, and at the Tour of the Basque Country, Roglič won stages 4 and 6 – the latter of which was an individual time trial – and finished 5th overall. It did not take long before Roglič secured another win; at the end of April, Roglič participated in the Tour de Romandie where he won the Stage 5 individual time trial, en route to placing 3rd overall. At his final preparation race before the Tour de France, Roglič won the prologue of the Ster ZLM Toer, and finished 2nd overall.

In June 2017, Roglič was named in the startlist for the Tour de France.[17] He won Stage 17 of the race[18] becoming the first Slovenian to win a stage of the Tour de France. He had also collected so many points on the climbs that he finished 2nd in the Mountains classification. At the World Championships in Bergen, Roglič targeted the individual time trial, which finished on Mount Floyen, a 3-kilometre (1.9-mile) climb averaging 9%. He finished 2nd in the event behind Tom Dumoulin.[19]


Roglič (left) on Stage 19 of the 2018 Tour de France

The 2018 season showed Roglič's potential in stage races and grand tours. He managed to win the general classification in the Tour of the Basque Country, the Tour de Romandie and the Tour of Slovenia.[20] During the early stages of the Tour de France Roglič managed to avoid the crashes and mechanical issues that many other general classification riders fell victim to putting him in position to compete with the elite riders including Geraint Thomas, Tom Dumoulin, Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana, Romain Bardet and Mikel Landa among others. Roglič was able to stay with the elite riders through the high mountains answering nearly every attack to the point that, after he attacked on the descent and won stage 19 of the race, he was in a podium position in third place overall, behind only Thomas and Dumoulin. Roglič finished the 2018 Tour in fourth overall, after Froome was able to regain the final podium position in the final time trial.[20]


Roglič (centre) won the 2019 Vuelta a España, becoming the first Slovenian rider to win a Grand Tour.

Roglič won the 2019 edition of Tirreno–Adriatico as well as the Tour de Romandie and was one of the pre-race favourites going into the Giro d'Italia. He finished on the podium in 3rd place, wore the race leader's pink jersey for six stages and also won two stages, both individual time trials. In August 2019, Roglič was named in the startlist for the Vuelta a España.[21] Going into the stage ten individual time trial, Roglič trailed the race leader Nairo Quintana by six seconds; Roglič recorded the fastest time over the 36.2-kilometre (22.5-mile) stage by twenty-five seconds over the next closest competitor, and at least one-and-a-half minutes into all of his rivals for the general classification.[22] He became the 98th rider to win stages at each of the three Grand Tours as a result of the victory. He held the red and green jerseys – as the leader of both the general and points classifications – for the remainder of the race, as he became the first Slovenian rider to win a Grand Tour.[23] A successful 2019 season was crowned with wins in two Italian races in October: the Giro dell'Emilia,[24] and Tre Valli Varesine.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Roglič's first race of the season was the Slovenian National Road Race Championships, on 21 June. On the final climb to the finish at Ambrož pod Krvavcem, Roglič soloed away from Tadej Pogačar in the closing 2 kilometres (1.2 miles), winning the national road race title for the first time.[25] The following weekend, Pogačar beat Roglič by 8.5 seconds in the Slovenian National Time Trial Championships.[26] Roglič started strong at the Tour de France, winning the fourth stage,[27] ahead of Pogačar; he took the overall race lead on the ninth stage, finishing second, behind Pogačar, in a five-rider sprint finish in Laruns.[6] After Egan Bernal lost seven minutes on stage 15,[28] Pogačar was the only rider that was within a minute of Roglič in the general classification; Roglič had extended his advantage from 40 seconds to 57 seconds on the summit finish to the Col de la Loze,[29] maintaining that lead going into the penultimate day, a 36.2-kilometre (22.5-mile) individual time trial that finished at La Planche des Belles Filles. Pogačar managed to overturn the advantage that Roglič held, bettering his stage time by almost two minutes,[30] giving him an ultimately race-winning margin of 59 seconds.[31]

The following weekend, Roglič recorded a sixth-place finish in the road race at the World Championships, finishing at the back of a five-rider group that had been battling for the silver medal.[32] At Liège–Bastogne–Liège, Roglič took his first Monument classic victory, pipping world champion Julian Alaphilippe on the line, after Alaphilippe had slowed down to start celebrating his presumptive victory.[33] Roglič then contested the Vuelta a España as defending champion; he won the race's opening stage at the Alto de Arrate in Eibar,[34] before losing the race lead to Richard Carapaz on stage six, after encountering issues putting on a rain jacket.[35]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

1st Croatia–Slovenia
1st Stage 2 Tour d'Azerbaïdjan
3rd Overall Sibiu Cycling Tour
1st Jersey green.svg Mountains classification
4th Road race, National Road Championships
7th Overall Giro del Friuli-Venezia Giulia
9th Overall Tour of Al Zubarah
1st Jersey blue.svg Overall Tour d'Azerbaïdjan
1st Stage 2
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Slovenia
1st Stage 3
1st Jersey white dots on green.svg Mountains classification Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
2nd Overall Tour of Croatia
2nd GP Izola
4th Overall Tour of Qinghai Lake
1st Stage 5
5th Overall Istrian Spring Trophy
National Road Championships
1st MaillotEslovenia.PNG Time trial
5th Road race
1st Stage 9 (ITT) Giro d'Italia
4th Overall Tour du Poitou Charentes
5th Overall Volta ao Algarve
7th Time trial, UEC European Road Championships
10th Time trial, Olympic Games
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Volta ao Algarve
1st Stage 17 Tour de France
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Time trial, UCI Road World Championships
2nd Overall Ster ZLM Toer
1st Prologue
3rd Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Stage 5 (ITT)
4th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
5th Road race, National Road Championships
5th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stages 4 & 6 (ITT)
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of the Basque Country
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 4 (ITT)
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Jersey green 2.svg Overall Tour of Slovenia
1st Stages 4 & 5 (ITT)
1st Stage 3 Tirreno–Adriatico
3rd Overall Tour of Britain
1st Stage 5 (TTT)
4th Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 19
6th Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
7th Giro dell'Emilia
1st Jersey red.svg Overall Vuelta a España
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 10 (ITT)
Jersey yellow number.svg Combativity award Stage 10
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1, 4 & 5 (ITT)
1st Jersey red.svg Overall UAE Tour
1st Stages 1 (TTT) & 6
1st Jersey blue.svg Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Giro dell'Emilia
1st Tre Valli Varesine
3rd Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 1 (ITT) & 9 (ITT)
Held Jersey pink.svg after Stages 1–6
Held Jersey violet.svg after Stage 1
3rd Chrono des Nations
4th Road race, National Road Championships
7th Giro di Lombardia
National Road Championships
1st MaillotEslovenia.PNG Road race
2nd Time trial
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de l'Ain
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 2 & 3
1st Liège–Bastogne–Liège
Vuelta a España
1st Stage 1
Held Jersey red.svg after Stages 1–6
Held Jersey green.svg after Stages 1–
1st Stage 2 Critérium du Dauphiné
2nd Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 4
Held Jersey yellow.svg after Stages 9–19
6th Road race, UCI Road World Championships

General classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour general classification results
Grand Tour 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 58 3
A yellow jersey Tour de France 38 4 2
A red jersey Vuelta a España 1 IP
Major stage race general classification results
Race 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Jersey yellow.svg Paris–Nice Has not contested during his career
Jersey blue.svg Tirreno–Adriatico 52 4 29 1
MaillotVolta.png Volta a Catalunya 44 NH
Jersey yellow.svg Tour of the Basque Country 5 1
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Romandie 3 1 1
Jersey yellow-bluebar.svg Critérium du Dauphiné DNF
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Suisse NH

Monuments results timeline[edit]

Monument 2017 2018 2019 2020
Milan–San Remo 67
Tour of Flanders
Paris–Roubaix NH
Liège–Bastogne–Liège 1
Giro di Lombardia 40 17 7

Major championships results timeline[edit]

Roglič finished second at the 2020 Slovenian National Time Trial Championships in Pokljuka, 8.5 seconds behind UAE Team Emirates rider Tadej Pogačar.
Event 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Olympic Games Road race Not held 26 Not held
Time trial 10
World Championships Road race 121 34 DNF 6
Time trial 24 2 12
MaillotEslovenia.PNG National Championships Road race 10 4 7 5 5 4 1
Time trial 1 2


Slovenian Sportsman of the Year: 2019[36]


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