Primoz Roglic uses gravel groupset in Giro d'Italia queen stage

A close-up of Primoz Roglic's bike, showing the groupset as a 1x XPLR groupset
The 'XPLR' wordmark can be seen written on the inner face of the cassette at the rear (Image credit: Getty Images: Stuart Franklin)

The Queen stage of this year's Giro d'Italia is a hilly one, with a full five categorised mountain climbs and plenty more stabby uncategorised ones besides. In advance of the final time trial, a stage of two halves with a flat opening followed by an ascent of Monte Lussari, Primož Roglič's spare bike was spotted atop the team car sporting a single front chainring and a truly enormous cassette.

While we were speculating as to the setup, and why the bike was on the car today in advance of TT, Roglič proceeded to stop in advance of today's final climb and swap bikes, before being paced back to the bunch by the ever-dutiful Sepp Kuss. 

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Will Jones
Senior Tech Writer

Will joined the Cyclingnews team as a reviews writer in 2022, having previously written for Cyclist, BikeRadar and Advntr. He’s tried his hand at most cycling disciplines, from the standard mix of road, gravel, and mountain bike, to the more unusual like bike polo and tracklocross. He’s made his own bike frames, covered tech news from the biggest races on the planet, and published countless premium galleries thanks to his excellent photographic eye. Also, given he doesn’t ever ride indoors he’s become a real expert on foul-weather riding gear. His collection of bikes is a real smorgasbord, with everything from vintage-style steel tourers through to superlight flat bar hill climb machines.