Bora DS admits they underestimated Primoz Roglic's arrival: "We weren't really aware of what it means to have ridden for another team for eight years"

With second place on stage 2 and another podium in Wednesday's time trial, Primoz Roglic seems to have finally found his good old legs at Critérium du Dauphiné. Just in time ahead of the Tour de France.

It has taken some time for Roglic and BORA - hansgrohe to figure things out - something the team admittedly underestimated. Roglic thus uses Dauphiné to accomodate to his teammates, sports director Rolf Aldag tells Het Laatste Nieuws. Because within BORA they haven't foreseen how different environment would it be for the Slovenian after 8 years with Visma | Lease a Bike. "It's all about routine," Aldag thinks.

He mentions Paris-Nice, where Roglic seemed like he was missing something in the race, as an example. "The weather was bad. The jackets that Primoz wore at Visma were different from ours. One day he almost froze to death on his bike because he didn't know what to wear. It often involved simple things like this."

"We weren't really aware of what it means to have ridden for another team for eight years, to know every detail there and then to arrive in a completely different set-up. It was about simple questions. How do I feel in my racing jersey? Do I wear arm or leg warmers and don't they strain too much? We should have found out in advance."

Roglic and the team would continue to work on this in the Itzulia Basque Country. Until the fall threw a spanner in the plans. "We knew after Paris-Nice that we had to revise a lot. In the Basque Country we had the feeling that we were getting things back in order. Primoz won the time trial, the routine came back, but we would also have liked to know where he would've placed in the rankings."

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