16th crash in five years and time saved by a new rule – International Cycling

Behind Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogacar, there was a race for the podium. It was between Remco Evenepoel and Primoz Roglic, until the Slovenian crashed on the final descent to the finish line. When it seemed that he had lost time, he was saved by the new neutralisation rule, which indicated that today’s stage had a safety limit of 3 km.

The news shocked more than one person, because the 3km rule is not normally applied at the end of mountain stages. Apparently, it was used here – it had been announced from the start of the event – because of the downhill finish before the finish.

It should not be forgotten that the changes were made in search of greater security, so the relegation may have led the organisation to agree with the CPA on the measure.

Aside from this, the curious statistic – from the hands of our colleagues at @StatsOnCycling – is that this was Primoz Roglic’s 16th fall since 2020. The Slovenian falls almost as much as he wins, demonstrating the technical deficiencies he has due to having arrived late to cycling.

The Red Bull BORA leader started the streak counted – of course, he also crashed before 2020 – with his hard crash in the Dauphiné during the pandemic. The following year he had multiple incidents: two in Paris Nice, another in the Tour and two in the Vuelta.

In 2022 he crashed again in the Tour and Vuelta, while in 2023 the problems were in stage 2 of the Spanish Grand Prix. In 2024 he has had a troubled season: two in Itzulia, two in Dauphiné and today’s stage in the Grande Boucle.

CdD’20 s4
PN’21 s5, s8
TdF’21 s3
VaE’21 s10, s12
TdF’22 s6
VaE’22 s16
GdI’23 s5, s11
VaE’23 s2
IBC’24 p3, p4
CdD’24 s3, s5
TdF’24 s11

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