Roglic Wins Vuelta a Burgos
The fifth and final stage of the Vuelta a Burgos took the peloton on a 160-kilometer ride from Golmayo to Lagunas de Neila. The stage action culminated with a seven kilometer climb to the top of the Lagunas de Neila. The climb featured an average gradient of 8.5 percent and was categorized as outside category (HC).
A breakaway of four was able to get away from the peloton early in the stage, but the main peloton kept the breakaway group within reach. Only on the final climb to Lagunas de Neila, the race broke up. The Vuelta a Burgos concludes with a final on the Lagunas de Neila each year.
The leaders took the initiative at the foot of the final climb. Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) and Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-Hansgrohe) responded immediately to an attack from Adam Yates (UAE Team Emirates).
The top three in the general classification left the rest of the peloton behind. They rode together to the line, where Roglic delivered an additional acceleration. The Slovenian sprinted to take another stage win and the overall title. "Although it was another hot day, I felt good", Roglic said. "We were always in control of the stage. Ultimately, it was up to me to put in another ultimate effort. I'm happy to have finished it off like this."
"It was a pleasure to race here and it is the first time I have taken part in Vuelta a Burgos,” Roglic told Roadcycling.com after the race. “The crowd was fantastic. It was also good to get some race miles in my legs one week before the Vuelta a España. I came here to improve, and I think I succeeded at doing this."
Commenting on Roglic’ race result Team Jumbo-Visma sports director Marc Reef told Roadcycling.com "This was a good dress rehearsal for Roglic and the rest of our team. The main goal of this week was to take the final steps towards the Vuelta a Espana 2023, and we did that.”
“The temperatures, the course and the racing style are similar to what we will see in this year’s Vuelta a Espana. The riders who are going to support Roglic and Jonas Vingegaard in the Vuelta a España have also shown that they are ready. Jan (Tratnik) has completed a long rehabilitation process and showed a very high level here. We won the team time trial, two stages and the general classification. We can only be happy with that."
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