Mummified Primož Roglič still in the race after Tour de France crash

The Slovenian is bandaged almost head to toe after taking a hit on stage three of the 2021 Tour

Primož Roglič bandaged up before the start of stage four of the Tour de France
(Image credit: Instagram/primozroglic)

Primož Roglič may have bolstered the stock prices of France’s biggest first aid suppliers, as the mummified figure of the Slovenian returned to the Tour de France peloton on stage four. 

The Jumbo-Visma star, who is among the favourites to win the yellow jersey, took a big hit when he crashed in the final 10km of stage three of this year’s Tour, losing over a minute to his rivals by the finish.

Against the odds, Roglič avoided any serious injuries and was able to start day four in Redon, albeit with the addition of a few layers of padding as he tries to plaster over the worst of his gashes and grazes.

The Slovenian uploaded an almost-nude shot of himself pre-stage, showing his newly mummified state, as he hopes for an easy day on the stage four sprint to try and nurse his wounds. 

Updating fans on his condition before the stage, Roglič said: “We’ll figure it out during the stage. It’s not the best but I always say as long as we’re here we’ll try to fight.”

He added: [the pain] is all over, but the most pain is my ass and my back. I crashed really hard, but hopefully I can pull through.

“I’m still grateful that I’m here and I’ll try to push through.” 

After Roglič’s crash, his team appeared to point the finger at Sonny Colbrelli of Bahrain-Victorious for causing the fall, but the Italian nation champion denied the accusation, saying that he and Roglič clashed handlebars as the latter tried to move through the bunch. 

As stage four got underway, Roglič was filmed riding shoulder-to-shoulder with Colbrelli at the back of the bunch, as the pair appeared to clear the air after their minor spat. 

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Following the crash-riddled course of stage three, stage four looks to be a much quieter day of racing, with riders reluctant to repeat the chaos of the first sprint opportunity.  

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.