Here's why we think Primož Roglič used a gravel groupset on Giro d'Italia's Queen stage

The Jumbo-Visma rider changed bikes on the penultimate climb of the day for better cadence on the steep gradients

Primoz Roglic's bike
A closer look at Roglic's 1x setup
(Image credit: GCN)

Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) made what looked like a risky but planned bike change in Cortina d'Anoezzo, only 20 kilometers from the end of stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia.

The Queen stage, which featured five categorised climbs, finished up the infamous Tre Cime di Lavaredo. The spare Cervelo R5 Roglič switched to was equipped with a single chainring up front, and SRAM's super wide range 10-44 cassette. A setup more commonly seen on gravel bikes rather than WorldTour superbikes.

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Joe Baker
Tech Writer

Joe is Cycling Weekly's tech writer. He's always had a love for bikes, since first riding a two wheeled steed before the age of four. Years down the line, Joe began racing at 16, and enjoyed great experiences internationally, racing in Italy, Spain and Belgium to name a few locations. Always interested in tech, Joe even piloted his Frankenstein hill climb bike to a Junior National Title in 2018.  After taking a step back from elite level racing in April 2022, Joe joined our team as a freelancer, before becoming Tech Writer in May 2023.