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Former ski jumper Primož Roglič on domestique duty at Tour Down Under

Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo)

Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)

Growing up in Slovenia, Primož Roglič dreamed of being the world’s best ski jumper. The realisation at “20-21” that he wouldn’t be the best saw the now 26-year-old make the switch to cycling in 2013 with the Continental Adria Mobil team.

A 2007 junior world ski jump champion, Roglič explained to Cyclingnews his transition to cycling is “quite a long one”.

“I was dreaming that I would be the best in ski jumping but that dream wasn’t coming through so when I realised that I am not the best at 20-21, I wasn’t where I was dreaming to be so that’s why I changed and tried this,” Roglič said at the start of stage 2 in Unley.

“When I was still a ski jumper, we weren’t allowed to cycling too much because you need the quick muscles and cycling it’s all the same movements a lot of time and you lose your speed. At the end of my ski jumping career, I bought myself a bike and discovered that I am pretty good with it.”

Zeb Woodpower is the Australian editor at Cyclingnews. Based in Sydney, Zeb provides an Australian perspective on the sport with articles ranging from the local to the global . He joined Cyclingnews in 2013.

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