Primoz Roglic was agitated. The Slovenian rider was forced to retire from the Tour of Spain on Tuesday after suffering a serious fall during the sprint for the 16th stage. On Friday, the rider accused another rider, Fred Wright, of having caused him to fall in a way that was “unacceptable.” “The circumstances of this fall are unacceptable. It was not due to the poor condition of the road or a malfunctioning safety device; rather, it was because of the actions of a runner. If I had eyes in the back, I would have left the location long ago; however, I do not. “Wright came from behind and stole the handlebars from my hands without me being able to respond,” the three-time champion of the event complained on the website of his team, Jumbo-Visma, after he had left the competition.
Roglic, who was attempting to win the Vuelta for a fourth time in a row until he suffered a devastating fall on Tuesday less than 100 meters from the finish of the 16th stage, he was trying to make up time on the leader, the Belgian Remco Evenepoel (Quick Step ). He sat there, weary and bleeding, for a considerable amount of time. The skin was torn in various places. Even if he does not have any fractures, he did not start the next step on the following day since he did not want to risk injury.
The photographs do not provide a very clear depiction of what took on throughout the race. After the race, the Englishman Fred Wright (Bahrain), who finished in fourth place and was running neck and neck with Roglic at the moment of the accident, stated that he did not understand what was going on. Roglic finished in first place on the stage. had passed and that there was “nothing premeditated” on his part regardless of how things turned out.
On Friday, Roglic expressed his opinion that “it wasn’t okay” and that “these things shouldn’t happen.” People carry on as if nothing significant ever occurred. But not me. I don’t want it to continue like this in our sport, and I want it to be clear,” said the Olympic time trial champion, who described his current condition as “slightly better.” However, he does not yet know whether or not he will be able to use his bike in the race that will take place this year. He stated, “I can walk a little, and I’m satisfied with that for the time being.”