Primoz Roglic was disappointed after he had to leave the Tour de France. Still, Jumbo-Visma director Merijn Zeeman hopes Roglic will return next season and win the Tour de France "He’ll come back to the Tour next year," his Jumbo-Visma director Merijn Zeeman told Cyclingnews on the Tour’s first rest day in the Alps, as quoted by cycling news "That’s the race where he wants to show that he’s the number one in the world.
He will come back. Of course, we’ll discuss it all at the end of the season and how we’ll plan it but I have no doubt that he’ll come back again." The injuries are not dangerous but it is still unknown when Roglic will return.
Of course, in his team, they hope as soon as possible. "I expect that he goes to the Vuelta but we need to see how quickly he can recover and how quickly he feels energized again for training. We also need to see if his head is ready because the Vuelta is coming quicker than you think.
"He’s such a tough guy though, both mentally and physically, so we have no doubt that he will come back. He’s incredibly popular and the fans give him so much confidence. He wants to return so he can do beautiful things for them again."
Roglic vs Pogacar
Many are questioning whether Roglic could match Pogacar this time. "That’s the million-dollar question. On the first weekend, they were the real rivals and their level was really close to each other.
I was very impressed by Pogačar’s level and it’s hard to say if Primož could have followed but for sure he would have responded to the attacks. "Then it’s a case of whether Pogačar would have continued if he couldn’t drop Roglič.
The race would have been very different. Pogačar wouldn’t have dropped Roglič like he did Carapaz. That’s for sure." Vingegaard is currently 4 in the overall standings, and Zeeman doesn’t want to put pressure on his cyclist.
"He’s the guy that we’re working for now but he’s come along way with us already so we’re not putting too much pressure on him. We’re going to help him and support him but our plans for him are about the future."
"This is an experience that will help, and it will accelerate his learning but really we’re not putting pressure on him. "It doesn’t matter how it ends; it’s all about his education. We want him to learn how to be up there every day for three weeks, on the flat stages and of course in the mountains and the time trial."
"If we succeed in that then I’m confident that he can keep his level. We’ll fight for it and just see how it ends in Paris."