Rumors Grow that Primoz Roglic Would Be Looking for a Team
The continuity of Slovenian cyclist Primoz Roglic in Jumbo-Visma has been in question throughout the season. However, after his disappointing performance in the Vuelta a España, where he failed to fulfill his expected role as the team’s leader, the rumors of his departure have intensified. This could be the final blow for a rider of his caliber.
Primoz Roglic first lost his position as the team’s leader in last year’s Tour de France, as Jonas Vingegaard took on an impressive role. Throughout this season, Roglic has faced setbacks due to falls. Initially, he was set to lead the team in the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España in 2023. However, tensions between Roglic and the winner of the Tour de France escalated when the latter decided to participate in the Spanish race. The situation worsened with the unexpected emergence of Sepp Kuss as a leader.
While the team managed to handle the situation publicly, it appears that there is no turning back for Roglic and the team’s management. Many sources suggest that Roglic is actively seeking a new team.
During the final week of La Vuelta, there have been numerous speculations about Roglic’s potential suitors. However, most of these rumors are unfounded. Nevertheless, two options seem to be the most plausible for a potential signing.
Firstly, there have been talks of interest from INEOS Grenadiers. Currently, the team only has Carlos Rodríguez as their leader, as Geraint Thomas is nearing the end of his career and Egan Bernal is struggling to regain his previous form.
However, the second option appears to be even more appealing for Roglic. Lidl-Trek, a team aiming to dominate cycling in the upcoming years, has expressed interest in signing him. They are assembling a formidable team capable of challenging Jumbo-Visma, UAE Team Emirates, and INEOS Grenadiers.
There have also been minor speculations about Movistar Team’s interest. However, given the team’s limited financial resources, this option seems highly unlikely.
Nevertheless, it is important to note that these are still mere rumors. After completing his participation in La Vuelta a España, Roglic declared that Jumbo-Visma is the best team in the world. Richard Plugge, the team’s manager, also stated during the race that no team had approached them regarding a potential signing of Roglic.