Primoz Roglic beamed after his victory on the mythical Angliru in the Vuelta and got close to the red jersey Sepp Kuss at 1min8sec.
“I’d wish it was me, but at the moment Sepp is in the red, and I wish him to finish in red and it’s also my responsibility to do my best”, said Roglic after stage 17.
“At the end, the road will tell who wins this Vuelta,” he added. “When it’s so steep, it’s man on man, so I just did my best and we see what it means. All three of us are together and we just keep fighting. When Sepp was dropped, it’s a bit of a strange feeling, but in this race we all have the freedom to go for it.”
“It was a lot nicer than last time. It was not really tactical. I did my own tempo and then the climb will tell who is first, second.”
“I let them [Bahrain Victorious] go for it, then when the pace was dropping I said [to myself], ‘OK go for it and I will ride my own pace’.”
Did he realise Kuss was dropped? “Yes, but I just did my own tempo. It’s a weird feeling, a weird, thing, just on such steep climbs everybody goes as fast as possible and then we see. I said to him, keep fighting, keep believing and he will make it.”
“The thing is we will see, we all need to do our best and do it honestly and whoever has the legs will be there.”