In a seismic shift within the professional cycling world, Slovenia's Primoz Roglic appears poised to transition from Jumbo-Visma to Bora-hansgrohe. This move, according to Eurosport pundit and former German cycling luminary Jens Voigt, might be the catalyst for Roglic to finally clinch his elusive Tour de France victory and round off his Grand Tour achievements.
Roglic's aspirations to capture the prestigious Tour de France crown might become a reality with this transfer. Voigt told Eurosport, "Roglic is clearly heeding the call of his biological clock. While at Jumbo, the dynamic and currently superior rider, Jonas Vingegaard, seems to hold the reins. However, with Bora, Roglic will unquestionably take center stage, enabling him to passionately pursue his ultimate goal — the Tour de France." Voigt goes on to say that such a move "in the current context, is a logical step for Roglic."
Recent reports, notably from the Dutch media outlet WielerFlits, indicate that Roglic is on the cusp of sealing a two-year contract with the German squad. The announcement is anticipated post the Il Lombardia race this weekend. It's significant to note Roglic's commendable performance as part of Jumbo-Visma this year, clinching the Giro d’Italia title, augmenting his impressive tally with three Vuelta a Espana victories. Yet, the Tour remains an unachieved feat, especially with the recent wins being pocketed by teammate Vingegaard.
Roglic's Tour Trials; Bora's Gain
The 2020 Tour bore witness to a heart-wrenching moment for Roglic as rival Tadej Pogacar usurped the coveted yellow jersey in the concluding competitive lap. Misfortunes plagued Roglic in the subsequent Tours due to unfortunate crashes.
For Bora-hansgrohe, acquiring Roglic would be a monumental asset. Voigt emphasizes this sentiment, asserting, "Roglic practically guarantees a podium finish. He's a consistent victor. Bora significantly lacks such a talent."
After rampant speculations, Roglic confirmed his exit from Jumbo-Visma post his triumph at the recent Giro dell'Emilia. "I am certainly departing from my current squad. All additional information will be unveiled post-season, after my concluding race. My primary focus now is racing," stated a determined Roglic. While links to teams like Ineos Grenadiers and Movistar buzzed around, Bora seems to be the final choice.
As Roglic prepares for his possible last stint with Jumbo-Visma at Il Lombardia, rumors also swirl about a potential merger between Jumbo-Visma and Soudal-QuickStep for the 2024 season. With the Lombardia race approaching, Roglic emerges as a top contender.