Defending champion of La Vuelta Primoz Roglic is now up against it this year. A minute 34 seconds behind leader in the GC Remco Evenepoel, it would take a monumental effort to retain it this time around as La Vuelta winds down. Stage 16 is one of his last chance saloon stages for the Slovenian. The Stage which comes after a rest day was a 189km course from Barrameda to Tomares was flat with no category climbs which is a sprinter’s dream and offered a glimmer of hope to Remco’s chasing pack. Mads Pederson with his second stage win of La Vuelta but story of the day was how Roglic faltered after seemingly poised to cut the lead by Remco by a sizeable amount. His attack on 3km to go was well calculated and on point.
Now check out TEAM UAE on his tail to offer a challenge to him. The cycling gods seem to be smiling on Primoz as Remcon had a puncture to boot with 2.2 to go. Hot conditions make puncture likely AS THE PRESSURE rises in the tires making for fast wear and tear. Low tire pressure under those conditions such as in Spain was a big no no. Back to Roglic, into the final stretch the good day turned into a nightmare with a crash a few meters to the finish. The Jumbo Visma leader tried to get closer to the ramp, the crowded side of the bunch. It is correct cycling to do so as it requires you to measure where your opponent is by getting close to his or her rear tire. A little too close as Wright caught Roglic. Very unfortunate indeed. At least Primoz finished the race, cutting the lead by Remco by just 8 seconds to all but lose his title. In what condition will the Slovenian be in Stage 17? One thing is for sure , he has to race in that one to win La Vuelta 2022.