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Primoz Roglic lays out plans after Paris-Nice disappointment

Slovenian looks to the Basque Country for his comeback after losing Paris-Nice on the final day, crashing twice and dislocating his shoulder

Will Strickson
17 Mar 2021

Primož Roglič has laid out his return to action after a heartbreaking end to what had been a promising Paris-Nice.

The Vuelta a Espana winner, who had dominated the race by winning three stages, crashed twice on the final stage to Levens, dislocating his shoulder and picking up some nasty looking road rash on his upper leg, and lost the overall win as a result.

Speaking in a webinar about cycling in Slovenia, Roglič said, 'The finish was not exactly what we were hoping or working for, but yes it was how it was.

'It was a really bad day, it was shit that it was the last day. We will fight to be even better on the next races coming up.'

However, Roglič also admitted that the extent of his injuries was a little worse than he'd expected, saying, 'I'm still recovering, it will maybe take some days more than I thought it would. But I crashed twice and now I really need to heal up.

'I will do the Tour of the Basque Country in three weeks, then a few one day races in the Ardennes, then of course the Tour de France later in the year.'

Roglič does, of course, have his Liège–Bastogne–Liège title to defend, which he won just weeks after losing the Tour de France also right at the finish. Although it's safe to say Julian Alaphilippe won't be celebrating too early this time.

The Tour is still clearly Roglic's top priority though. 'I will do everything for that win. I'm working for that and the guys around me know that if we give everything then the best guy will win,' he said.