Pogacar: It would be a fairy tale if Roglic won the World Championships

PARIS FRANCE SEPTEMBER 20 Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia and UAE Team Emirates Yellow Leader Jersey during the 107th Tour de France 2020 Stage 21 a 122km stage from MantesLaJolie to Paris Champslyses TDF2020 LeTour on September 20 2020 in Paris France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Slovenians Primož Roglič and Tadej Pogačar during the final stage of the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

It wasn’t so much what they said as the way they said it. Neither Tadej Pogačar nor Primož Roglič is the most loquacious of riders, and the medium – a Zoom webinar over a patchy internet connection – hardly lent itself to detailed answers, but the Slovenian pair presented a united front ahead of a World Championships road race that comes on the heels of their intense duel at the Tour de France.

When the music abruptly stopped for Roglič on La Planche des Belles Filles last Saturday, Pogačar was left wearing the yellow jersey that the older man had carried for almost two weeks. Roglič was magnanimous in his congratulations immediately afterwards, and again in Paris on Sunday, but one wondered if the trauma of defeat was softened or heightened by listening to his national anthem fete a compatriot on the Champs-Élysées on Sunday evening.

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