Injured in the knee in the spring, Primoz Roglic resumes competition this week on the Dauphiné. Without being clear on its objectives.

What condition is Primoz Roglic in? The Slovenian is showing an uncertain level of form a few weeks before the Tour de France, where he will be the main rival of Tadej Pogacar according to Pogacar himself.

Roglic started the Dauphiné on Sunday, his recovery race after a forced cut since April. Pain behind the knee weighed him down on the Tour of the Basque Country (8th), and forced him to give up the Ardennes classics. ” I feel good, Roglic told VeloNews on Sunday at the start of the 1st stage. I hope to have good feelings this week. I’m healthy again and I’m here to run. »

Roglic still cut three weeks after the Tour of the Basque Country to rest his knee. When he resumed, the pain returned, and he had to take another break. He is still coming out of a three-week internship in Sierra Nevada, at altitude, and ensures that all the lights are green for the Tour de France, his main objective for the season. I just wanted to take my time and now I’m feeling good and it’s all behind us“, he assures.

Pogacar is also hiding

If the Dauphiné is the general rehearsal of the Tour, Roglic does not seem to make it a priority. However, he is used to aiming for victory in the one-week races on which he lines up, and he thus won Paris-Nice at the start of the season. But for this week, he will only be one of the cards of the powerful Jumbo-Visma formation, which aligns a real armada with Jonas Vingegaard, the dolphin of Pogacar on the Tour last year, and Wout Van Aert, already yellow jersey after his victory Sunday at Beauchastel. “We especially want to work this week with the full team, the same as in Paris-Nice”explains the Slovenian.

Roglic and the Jumbo-Visma should not reveal everything this week, while Ineos-Grenadiers have reserved their main leaders for the Tour de Suisse next week (Daniel Martinez and Adam Yates). As for Pogacar, he hides his game even more. The double winner of the Grande Boucle has offered himself a two-month break without a race, and will only compete in the Tour of Slovenia (June 15-19) before the big meeting. of July.

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