History beckons for Roglic and Bernal in 2021 Vuelta a España - Race Preview

Primoz Roglic returns as the favourite for the 2021 Vuelta a Espana
Primoz Roglic returns as the favourite for the 2021 Vuelta a Espana (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Does the following plot-line sound familiar? Following a dramatic defeat in a major Grand Tour, one of the world's top-ranked racers makes a stunning comeback to triumph in the Vuelta a España and regain momentum for the following year's Tour de France.

Such was the case of Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) in the 2019 Vuelta after losing the Giro d'Italia to Richard Carapaz, and again in Spain's premier bike race in 2020 when he was ousted from the Tour de France lead at the last minute. Now in 2021, after his injury-induced abandon from the Tour this summer, all eyes will once again be on Roglič in the 2021 Vuelta to see if history can repeat itself.

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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.

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