Primoz Roglic raced for the last time for Jumbo-Visma and ended up on the podium of Il Lombardia. It was a roller-coaster race where he - like all others - could not match Tadej Pogacar, but put on a strong performance to finish on the podium of the final monument of the season.
"We wrote great stories together and I have wonderful memories of them," Roglic said at the end of the day, reflecting on his time with the Dutch team. Today was his final race with the 'bees' before his transfer to BORA - hansgrohe in 2024, and after a very busy season he now looks forward to the winter and some relaxing. "I'm glad it's over. There were a lot of things going on around me, but I still gave it my all on the bike. So I can't regret that. Am I on holiday now? Hopefully!'"
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Today he had a tactical battle with Pogacar in the Passo di Ganda, with Pogacar eventually racing on alone. Roglic bridged across to the main chasing group, however when Pogacar attacked on the descent there was no collaboration with the group to get him back. Hence it was a fight for the remaining podium spots. He was dropped in Bergamo Alta, revealing fatigue, but got back on and then - despite launching early - sprinted to third place on the day.
"I'm more than happy. It wasn't so much emotional, just very hard. I would have liked to have finished better, but there is no other way," he admits. "I had no legs, that was clear. But I tried, all the way to the finish. And that without legs, really."