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by Shane Stokes
October 11, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Bennett wins stage 1 of the Presidential Tour of Turkey; Sagan confirms Santos Tour Down Under appearance; Reichenbach diagnosed with additional fracture, will be out of action for three months; Roglic targets Grand Tour success, but bides time for podium finish; Cookson on bid for re-election: ‘We got the politics disastrously wrong’; German time trial talent Teutenberg signs on for two years with Team WNT; Hansen stays with Team Virtu for another year; Driver rugby-tackles female cyclist and causes spinal fracture; Video: The Ultimate Cycling Motivation 2017; Video: taking yellow on a spectator’s bike.
A mountain stage winner in this year’s Tour de France and more recently second in the world time trial championships, Primoz Roglic is looking to the future with the Grand Tours in mind. However the Volta ao Algarve winner believes he needs more time before he will be an overall contender in the three-week events, saying that he will set an intermediate target for now.
“It’s a fact that I’m not really a super strong guy for one-day races, although the harder one-day races could be interesting for me in the future,” he told Velon when asked about possible Grand Tour plans. “But I showed already that I can do really well fighting for the win in one-week races, and the next step will be to go for a good result in a three-week race.”
He added that he wasn’t sure if he would ride the Giro d’Italia or Tour de France in 2018, but that it was unrealistic to expect a top three at this point in time. His best Grand Tour result thus far is 38th overall in this year’s Tour de France.
“I don’t know where I’ll be, but whichever race it is, I won’t be going for the podium,” he said. “I still need to ride the Grand Tours to get experience. But I want to win a one-week race or something like that. I gain something with every race I do. I learn a lot every time I’m on the bike, in the bunch, so it’s all good experience.”
The former ski jumper stepped things up this season, netting third in the Tour du Romandie, fourth in Tirreno-Adriatico and fifth in the Vuelta al Pais Vasco. At 27 years of age, and with climbing and time trial success to his name, he believes that he can step things up to the next level.
Click through to read the full interview at Velon.cc.