Primož Roglič, born on October 29, 1989, was a latecomer to cycling, having initially enjoyed success as a ski jumper. The Slovenian took to the road after an injury in 2012, turning professional with Adria Mobil a year later, and he graduated to the WorldTour with Jumbo-Visma in 2016.
Roglič made an immediate impact with 5th overall at the Volta ao Algarve and he almost sprang an upset on the opening time trial of the Giro d’Italia in Apeldoorn when he narrowly lost out to home favourite Tom Dumoulin. He would make amends a week later when he won the rolling Chianti time trial.
In 2017, Roglič’s ability as a climber and all-rounder started to come to the fore, with victory at the Volta ao Algarve and an Alpine stage win at Serre Chevalier on the Tour de France. A year later, Roglič would win another Tour stage in Laruns en route to fourth overall at the Tour, while he also captured the Tour de Romandie and Itzulia Basque Country.
Victories at the UAE Tour and Tirreno-Adriatico made Roglič a contender for the 2019 Giro d’Italia and he took an early lead before illness saw him slide to third overall by the finish in Verona. He made amends by clinching the Vuelta a España with a dominant display across the three weeks. In 2020, Roglič looked a Tour de France winner in waiting after leading the race for two weeks, but he was cruelly denied final overall victory by his compatriot Tadej Pogačar who delivered a late – and surprising – knockout blow on the final weekend time trial up La Planche des Belles Filles.
Roglič showed considerable resilience to take a pandemic-delayed Liège-Bastogne-Liège a fortnight later and he would go on to win a second successive Vuelta in November. His 2021 season would follow a similar pattern. After a crash forced Roglič to abandon the Tour, he bounced back for victory in the time trial at the Tokyo Olympics before completing a Vuelta hat-trick and adding Milano-Torino and the Giro dell’Emilia for good measure.
In 2022, Roglič triumphed in Paris-Nice and the Critérium du Dauphiné but the French race he covets above all others continued to elude him. A crash on the cobbled stage torpedoed Roglič’s overall bid, though he played a key role in setting up Jonas Vingegaard’s overall victory before abandoning. Another crash forced Roglič to abandon the Vuelta in the final week.
In 2023, Roglič started the year with an overall win at Tirreno-Adriatico and Volta Ciclista a Catalunya and looked to add to his Grand Tour palmarès at the Giro d’Italia. It was his winning performance during the stage 20 mountain time trial, an 18.6km race at Monte Lussari, that saw Roglič oust Geraint Thomas from the overall race lead, 24 hours before clinching the overall title in Rome. He went on to win the Vuelta a Burgos and finished third at the Vuelta a España.
In 2024, Roglič will likely focus fully on the Tour de France with Bora-Hansgrohe after his transfer from Jumbo-Visma.
3rd Giro d'Italia, 2019
1st Tour de Romandie, 2018, 2019
1st Tirreno-Adriatico, 2019, 2023
1st Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2023
1st UAE Tour, 2019
1st Itzulia Basque Country, 2018, 2021
1st Liège-Bastogne-Liège, 2020
1st Olympic Games time trial, 2021
2nd World Championships time trial, 2017
1st Vuelta a Burgos 2023
1st Milano-Torino, 2021
1st Giro dell’Emilia, 2019, 2021
1st Volta ao Algarve, 2017
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