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The Slovenes, like the Romandie

Slovenia joined indirectly to the Cycling-map: as a weak neighbor. Suddenly, there was this young rider from the East, who wherever he showed up for the spectacle. Peter Sagan he was called, from Slovakia, he came to consolidation, such as the Cycling world soon after the memo began. And thus Slovenia as a neighbouring country of Slovakia, as a country without Sagan.

times have changed. Sagan is still a big number. But Slovenia is its Status as a small outgrown Anything that shows on the start list of the Tour de Romandie. Four riders from the 2-million-inhabitants country, starting today in new castle to the prologue. The numbers are not uniformly many – to 11 Nations, more driver. However, from the Quartet, two drivers can calculate their chances of an overall victory.

Primoz Roglic is the title defender. The 29-Year-old remains in the category "newcomer", although he actually arrived a long time ago. Only: He is not content, but on the rise. Four years ago, he celebrated in the local tour to his biggest success. Then he came in 2016, on the world tour and won more. Only, back then, quite surprisingly, in a time trial of the Giro d'italia. Since then, he won two mountain stages of the Tour de France, small tours in the series a year ago, the Tour de Romandie.

This should now serve as a launching pad to Roglic’ the next ascent: In may, he will, for the first time as a team leader for the Giro. With the goal of winning the race.

While Roglic’ potential is still not fully exhausted, it seems, is this outlined in Simon Spilak very sharp. You might think that this was the only professional cyclist to Shine in order of the year for the year to the two Swiss world tour-tours. The Rest of the season, he appears the result of moderately. The Tour de Suisse, he has won two Times. In the Romandie, he convinced with his consistency: In nine Starts, one win, three second places and two more Top-10-Classic come. Spilak makes the bad weather, nothing. This is the regularly rainy Tour de Romandie is definitely an advantage.

But Spilak (32) and Roglic (29) are not the only reasons, why Slovenia, in the meantime, as Radnation seriously. Behind Matej Mohoric and Tadej Pogacar follow. The former is 24 and was in 2013 in stunning fashion, U-23 world champion. In the pros, he took a Moment, but now he belongs to the spectacle makers: He has the rare ability to be able to the competition, downhill drive.

Pogacar is four years younger. The Neo-Pro's should be at the world Cup last autumn, the next U-23 world champion, missed the title but in the duel with the Bernese Marc Hirschi. But now he goes to the world tour, as if he had never done anything else. He won a stage in the Basque country and the Algarve tour. If the young man continues, could it be that in a few years of him as a phenomenon is spoken. And not more of his country people. Or Peter Sagan.


Created: 30.04.2019, 15:06 PM

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