“Not much changes for me after today.” Primoz Roglic took the yellow jersey in the ninth stage, but the tactics of his team Jumbo-Visma won’t change.
“We’re on a mission to cross the yellow line in Paris. We have to stay focused and work hard every day.”
The 30-year old leader of Jumbo-Visma has the yellow jersey around his shoulders for the first time in his career. “Everyone dreams of that when you start as a rider.” In the Tour of Italy and the Tour of Spain he already wore the leader’s jersey.
Roglic praised his teammates immediately after the finish. “They did a fantastic job again from the start. They kept me in position all day.”
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Teammate Gesink also saw that the Dutch cycling formation showed its best side again in the last Pyrenean stage. “We’re going into the rest day with very good legs and a good feeling.”
“Roglic is bursting with self-confidence,” noted Gesink. “He said he felt good and he was, I think. That only gives us more morals to work hard for him. Too bad he couldn’t win the ride in the end.”
Yellow jersey takes energy
However, the 34-year-old Dutchman also sees drawbacks in already taking the lead in the general classification. “The yellow jersey is of course the most beautiful thing you can achieve and it’s what we’re here for, but the Tour takes three weeks and it takes a lot of energy to defend him”
“On the other hand, we have a fantastic team for it. We’re as strong as anything. We want to have the jersey in Paris in the end. That’s the most important thing.”
Dumoulin felt better than the day before, when he had to let go of the group of favourites after Roglic’s head work. “I’m still a bit short, but at least I was on my bike with a better feeling. Tomorrow I can use a good rest.”
The shadow headman of Jumbo-Visma was satisfied with the achievement of the yellow jersey by headman Roglic. “If it could succeed today, it would be a good time to grab him. We’re almost halfway through the Tour.”
Dumoulin would also have liked Roglic to have won the stage. “But we already have three, so we shouldn’t get overconfident.”