Primoz Roglic back on the bike two weeks out from Vuelta a España

ALPE DHUEZ FRANCE JULY 14 Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma competes during the 109th Tour de France 2022 Stage 12 a 1651km stage from Brianon to LAlpe dHuez 1471m TDF2022 WorldTour on July 14 2022 in Alpe dHuez France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Roglic was last in action at the Tour de France in service of eventual winner Jonas Vingegaard (Image credit: Tim de WaeleGetty Images)

Following his crash and subsequent abandon at the Tour de France last month, Primož Roglič has returned to training, two weeks out from the Vuelta a España.

The Slovenian has won the Spanish Grand Tour three years in a row but his chances of a fourth title, and indeed his chances of even starting the race, remain up in the air. 

The Vuelta gets underway in Utrecht, Netherlands, on August 19, with the Jumbo-Visma team indicating Roglič's presence is not yet decided. 

The team confirmed to Cyclingnews that they will assess Roglič's recovery before making a decision about his Vuelta participation, saying, "A decision is not made yet. [We're] waiting on the way and speed of Primož's recovery."

News on Roglič's status has been quiet since he left the Tour de France before stage 15 just under three weeks ago. He had crashed hard on the cobbled stage 5, dislocating his shoulder before racing on to the finish. 

He continued in the race for nine more days, supporting Jumbo-Visma teammate Jonas Vingegaard on the way to the Dane's overall victory, including a vital contribution on stage 11 to the Col de Granon.

However, he headed home four days later, with Jumbo-Visma announcing that Roglič would be focussing on recovering from the injuries sustained in the crash ahead of the Vuelta.

Days earlier, he told reporters that he was suffering from harsh back pain following his crash, saying "every pedal stroke seated is having a knife in the back".

On Thursday, he broke his silence to post to Instagram, flexing his bicep in a photo taken during training near his Monaco home.

"A classic good morning photo when you are finally back on the road," Roglič wrote.

Roglič's participation in the Vuelta is likely to hinge on how he copes with his upcoming training rides in the next few days. 

If fit, he would lead a Jumbo-Visma team likely to include Sepp Kuss, Rohan Dennis, and Robert Gesink. He would face competition for the overall title from the likes of Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco), Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers), Miguel Angel López (Astana Qazaqstan), Remco Evenepoel (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl), João Almeida (UAE Team Emirates), Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious), and Giro d'Italia champion Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe).

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