Vuelta a España: Jumbo-Visma management rule out purely defensive strategy in final week

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) at the Vuelta a Espana
Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) at the Vuelta a Espana (Image credit: Getty Images)

To date Primož Roglič has been strongest in the time trials, and barring isolated incidents, has been superior on the climbs. He is ahead of his main rivals overall. Surely at this point, Jumbo-Visma’s management would sign on the dotted line for Roglič’s GC position to remain the same through to Santiago de Compostela’s final time trial, meaning their strategy for the upcoming mountains is to ride defensively?

However, Jumbo-Visma’s coach and sports director at the Vuelta a España, Addy Engels, doesn’t see it that way. Not with two riders ahead on GC, leader Odd Christian Eiking (Wanty-Gobert-Intermarche Matériaux) and second-placed Guillaume Martin (Cofidis). Even if neither really figured as major challengers for the GC when the race left Burgos, the Norwegian currently is 1:36 ahead of Roglič, while Martin has a 42 second margin. As Engels says, that matters.

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