"The consequences for the riders are serious" - Roglic's DS Rolf Aldag laments massive Criterium du Dauphine crash

BORA - hansgrohe are not having the best of luck with Primoz Roglic this year. After crashing out of Itzulia Basque Country whilst leading the race, the German team has now seen it's leader fall once again only weeks away from the Tour de France. This was Roglic's second crash in three days at the Criterium du Dauphiné, which worries the team.

“This is just a bad racing incident. It was very slippery and wet. It is nobody’s fault that there is a crash there, but the consequences for the riders are serious," Aldag said following the stage in the microphone of CyclingPro.net. The stage was ultimately neutralized, but nevertheless there is tension in the team field.

"Many riders had to go to the hospital. It is a shame for Lidl-Trek and Decathlon-AG2R that they did not continue racing because they wanted to go for the stage. But it was the right decision. And unfortunately this is part of the sport."

Roglic suffered minor injuries in the shoulder. Luckily it is not something serious, as currently noted, however the team has to take extra precaution as it may affect a long-lasting injury that the Slovenian had in the past. "Our doctor is currently looking into it," Aldag said. An update is expected in the coming hours.

In late 2022, Roglic - then with Jumbo-Visma took three months off the bike after undergoing a shoulder surgery which would limit the chances of repeated collarbone fractures, which he had suffered from.

"I fell on my shoulder, which is not the best thing," Roglic himself said in a post-race interview. "I had surgery on that shoulder a few years ago, so I'll have to take a look at it. But other riders have been in worse situations today and it's really annoying. I have to see the doctor."

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