"Roglic? I don't know if there is an answer to that question."

« Roglic? I don’t know if there is an answer to that question. »

The cycling season, at least in terms of the big races, ended last Saturday with the Italian Tour of Lombardy, and Team Jumbo-Visma has plenty to be happy looking back. However, after several years of attack, they won only the famous Tour de France. The dark side of the positive story is the renewed troubles of Primo Roglic, who left both Tour de France and Vuelta a downfall. In an interview with Sportal, the Dutch team’s sporting director, Addy Engels, spoke, among other things, about the Slovenian cycling champion, all the successes …

Victories at the Tour de France (Jonas Vingegaard), Criterium after Dauphine (Primož Roglič), Tour ParisNice (Primo Roglic) and Belgian Classics E3 Saxo Bank and Umloop Heat Neusblad (Wut Van Art), Brittany ClassicOuest-France (Wout van Aert) and the green jersey in the Tour directed by Van Aert are the main achievements that Jumbo-Visma can boast of. Furthermore, they have won 48 victories in the entire calendar year, making them the best team in the UCI rankings.


Given all of the above, you’re likely looking back at this year’s successes with a smile?
This season has been great for us. We have achieved the central goal that we have been pursuing for some time – to win the Tour de France. We’re also top of the table as a team. We won many races. We are so glad we were able to do all of this.




Addie's Angels Jumbo Visma |  Photo: Gulliverimage


Photo: Gulliverimage

How satisfied are you with that Tour victory that has eluded you in recent years?
Lots, obviously. We were very close twice. There is no guarantee that you will be close again. That you will take a step higher if you are, say, second before that. It was a huge satisfaction and satisfaction. We continued. We will try again.

Has anything changed since you won the Tour de France in terms of the Jumbo-Visme team chassis itself?
The achievement is great, but it doesn’t change other decisions. Years ago we went in that direction. The team was getting better. Goals raised. The hard part is working the same way, improving day by day and staying at that high level.

Cycling is changing in light of the fact that the younger riders are already good at the three week races. The age scale has decreased. How do you see this fact?
I see it as positive that the youngsters can compete in and win races for three weeks. As well as about the classics. then (Tadej Pojar, Previous reference. a.) They conquered, Evenepoel (RYMCO EVENBUIL, Previous reference. a) Also, he became the world champion. I think they are also extraordinary talents. Overall, we can also see other guys doing excellently, which is a sign that cycling is on the right track. It is positive that they can take such a step from the ranks of the youth to the ranks of the members.







When asked where he sees the causes of falls so common in Roglic, Ade replied, « There is no answer I can give to this question at the moment. I don’t know if there is any. »
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But not everything goes according to plan, if we look at the individuals in your ranks. How hard would it be for you on Primo Roglic, who was very close to a big win two years ago, but fell both times last year and this year and finished the race prematurely? However, it’s the draft horse that helped you raise the Jumbo-Visme team.
When I said it was an extraordinary year, it’s not true. Not everything was beautiful. When we lost him on the tour, it was tough. Then to the Vuelta. A huge disappointment for us as a team and especially for him personally.

You may have already analyzed its drawbacks. Where do you see why it is so common? These problems weigh on him, and probably on you, too. It is especially difficult for him.
This is a difficult question. This year the analysis continues. We’ll sit for a few days and evaluate every part of the season. There is no answer I can give to this question right now. And do not know if there is. We have to see if we can find anything.




Primo Roglich, Volta 22 |  Photo: Gulliverimage


Photo: Gulliverimage

This year you had an excellent tactic to defeat Tadej Bojjar. I traveled to France with two captains, Primo Roglich and Jonas Weinggaard. Will it be the same plan for 2023?
I don’t know. We have to analyze everything. I’ll take conclusions when we do that. After that, we’ll make a plan for 2023, so it’s too early to say how we’ll handle the upcoming Tour de France. What I can say is that this year’s tactic worked. However, the truth is that sport, like life, changes every year. It is evolving. We have to see. It’s not so simple that we’d say we follow the same tactics and win the Tour again.

Several rumors have been associated with Primo Roglic and his possible transfer to other teams. Did it make you nervous about the prospect of him going elsewhere even though he’s on contract until 2025?
No, because these are just rumours.


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