Pogacar to fight back after losing to Roglic in Itzulia opening time trial

BILBAO SPAIN APRIL 05 Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia and UAE Team Emirates during the 60th ItzuliaVuelta Ciclista Pais Vasco 2021 Stage 1 a 139km individual time trial from Bilbao to Bilbao itzulia ehitzulia ITT on April 05 2021 in Bilbao Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images
Tadej Pogacar of UAE Team Emirates lost 28 seconds in opening ITT to rival Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) to begin Itzulia Basque Country (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Defending Tour de France champion Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) recognised that he didn't have the ideal start to the Itzulia Basque Country after losing 28 seconds to stage 1 winner Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) in the opening time trial.

After last year’s enthralling finale to the Tour de France, where Pogačar ousted Roglič from the leader’s jersey in the Vosges time trial, interest in how the two Slovenians fared in their first TT face-off of 2021 could not have been higher.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.