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‘Still 20 stages to go, eh?’ – Roglic dealt heavy blow by Evenepoel at Giro d’Italia

ORTONA ITALY MAY 06 Primo Rogli of Slovenia and Team JumboVisma sprints next to the Trabucco Fishing platform during the 106th Giro dItalia 2023 Stage 1 a 196km individual time trial from Fossacesia Marina to Ortona UCIWT on May 06 2023 in Ortona Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Primož Roglič rolled straight through the finish area on Ortona’s Via della Libertà without a second glance for the television crews trying to flag him down. He had just lost 46 seconds to Remco Evenepoel in the opening time trial of the Giro d’Italia. The clock had already said plenty. What more could he add?

Still, it would be remiss not to hear the thoughts of the joint-favourite for the Giro after a setback like this, and so a troupe of reporters set off jogging in pursuit of Roglič. Fortunately for them, the Slovenian’s knowledge of the back streets of Ortona was as ropey as theirs, and he had to stop by a crash barrier to seek directions to his team van from a Jumbo-Visma soigneur.

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