Adria ambassador wins La Vuelta, after an epic 2020 season.
Adria Mobil has been a long-time supporter of road cycling, founding the Adria Mobil Cycling Team in 1972, with Primož Roglič, being a former rider of the Novo mesto based club.
He started his athletic career as a ski jumper, later switching to road cycling and this year becoming as the number one UCI world ranked rider.
This season, his road cycling exploits have been truly amazing to follow, quite a season, being narrowly pipped at the final post in the 2020 Tour de France but subsequently excelling in Belgium and now, retaining his Spanish crown in another gripping climax.
All of the big European title races proved to be compelling viewing, this year - The Tour de France, Giro and Vuelta races - have been especially unpredictable and each with dramatic twists and turns.
In this challenging pandemic-dominated year, partly due to the lack of precise preparation, partly due to the absence of some old favourites on the start line, each race has been really unpredictable, impossible at times to call the outcome and dramatic to the end.
Spain. La Vuelta, this year the race covered 2,892 kms over 18 stages starting on the 10th October and finishing with a processional stage to Madrid on 11th November.
Roglič, was imperious throughout an epic race, leading from the front most for most of the stages and gradually building an overall lead. Showing true world-class grit and determination, no-one was going to wrestle this particular title from his grasp, and in the finale it came down to a solo battle with Richard Carapaz of Ecuadora in the final climb of the race on the penultimate stage.
On the final day, the processional into Madrid, Roglič, clinched the title, with the narrowest winning margin since 1984.
Roglič (Team Jumbo-Visma) commented after the penultimate stage: ‘’It’s always good to have an exciting finish and that was exciting! I had just enough to know to go with my own tempo it would be good enough. In the end it’s all good. I wasn’t really always in control but you need to stay calm and do your thing.‘’
And reflecting on the race overall, he commented: ‘’Every time you win it’s beautiful. It’s impossible to compare to last year but I am super happy’’.
The Spanish race followed three dramatic races in the autumn period.
Belgium. In October, Roglič, once again showed why he is world class, bouncing back from disappointment in France, by winning the Liège-Bastogne-Liège This race ultimately being decided in an extraordinary five-man sprint to the finishing line, with Roglič pipping Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe in the closest of photo-finishes.
Italy. In October, at the Giro, with no Roglič, competing, the favourite, Geraint Thomas, hit a loose water bottle and was out before the race had reached the mainland. Step forward London rider, Tao Geoghegan Hart, who led his Ineos team to an unexpected triumph.
France. In September, at the Tour de France, 21-year-old Tadej Pogačar returned to his homeland of Slovenia with the title after dramatically beating his compatriot, Roglič,. It was sport at its most dramatic and compelling but tough on Roglič - who, like the world-class athlete he is – bounced straight back in Belgium and then by retaining his Spanish crown at the gruelling La Vuelta.
Adria World-Class Partner. Roglič, is a regular visitor to the state of the art Adria Mobil factory and uses an Adria Sonic Supreme motorhome, when training and in his leisure time. During this year’s races, his wife, Lora and young son Lev, have followed his exploits, staying roadside in the motorhome.
The Sonic Supreme is the ultimate touring motorhome, it eats up the distances with ease and delivers on space and comfort, without compromise. For season 2021 the Sonic is available in Supreme, Plus and Axess models, on the Fiat Ducato, in many layouts.
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For more information on Adria Mobil Cycling Team visit www.adria-mobil-cycling.com