Primož Roglič on Tour de France defeat: In hindsight we were calculating too much as a team 

The Grand Tour star reflects on his near-miss and redemption at the Vuelta a España 

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Primož Roglič says Jumbo-Visma were too calculating, during his heart-breaking defeat in the 2020 Tour de France.

The Slovenian Grand Tour star was just one-day away from wearing yellow into Paris when he was defeated by Tadej Pogačar in an unforgettable time trial on La Planche des Belles Filles. 

Roglič came back from the disappointment however, winning Liège-Bastogne-Liège and following up with his second consecutive victory in the Vuelta a España

 In an interview with French newspaper L’Equipe (opens in new tab), the 31-year-old said: “It was a brutal defeat but more for the people around me.

“I now see that second place, which was so frustrating at the time, as something nice. I told the team that we won by showing how strong the team was. Of course, we didn’t get that final win but sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. When you have done everything you can, you have to accept it.”

Roglič added: “In hindsight we were calculating too much as a team. We didn’t ride on instinct, on fun.”

He said the team controlled the race too much, dragging other teams to the finish.

In contrast, Roglič said the team raced at full gas every day during the Vuelta, taking a different approach which put their leader into the red jersey at the end of the race. 

Roglič had dominated the 2020 Tour in the opening weeks, winning a stage and wearing the leader’s jersey from stage nine.

But in the fateful TT on stage 2020, Roglič fell victim to the generational talent of his compatriot Pogačar, who overturned a minute deficit to Roglič over the final 36km of racing to take his first Grand Tour win at just 21. 

Roglič is once again expected to build his season around the Tour, racing the Ardennes Classics in the early season before racing the Critérium du Dauphiné and The Tour.

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He is then set to close out his season in the autumn Classics in Italy, in the hopes of taking an Il Lombardia title in October.  

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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.