'Incredible' push from ex-skiing teammate pivotal for Roglic's Giro d'Italia win

Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) on his way to stage 20 victory and maglia rosa at 2023 Giro d'Italia after mechanical
Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) on his way to stage 20 victory and maglia rosa at 2023 Giro d'Italia after mechanical (Image credit: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Primož Roglič once again proved he can fly up, and down, mountains, whether it be on a bike or on skis. In this year’s decisive individual time trial at the Giro d'Italia to the top of Monte Lussari, the Jumbo-Visma rider needed an unlikely assist that even a television script writer may have found too far-fetched to consider.

Trailing then-race leader Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) by 26 seconds as the two rocketed through the 18.6km mountain time trial on stage 20, he made up that deficit and put in another 14 seconds to swipe the maglia rosa and carry it into Rome for his first Italian Grand Tour win. But it wasn’t just the clock which Roglič fought on Saturday, but also a mechanical issue with his bike and a fortitude to stay calm.

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Jackie Tyson
North American Production editor

Jackie has been involved in professional sports for more than 30 years in news reporting, sports marketing and public relations. She founded Peloton Sports in 1998, a sports marketing and public relations agency, which managed projects for Tour de Georgia, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Cycling. She also founded Bike Alpharetta Inc, a Georgia non-profit to promote safe cycling. She is proud to have worked in professional baseball for six years - from selling advertising to pulling the tarp for several minor league teams. She has climbed l'Alpe d'Huez three times (not fast). Her favorite road and gravel rides are around horse farms in north Georgia (USA) and around lavender fields in Provence (France), and some mtb rides in Park City, Utah (USA).