Time-trial results (Trebnje - Novo mesto):
1. Primož Roglič (Slo/LottoNL-Jumbo) 24:46
2. Jan Tratnik (Slo/CCC Sprandi Polkowice) +0:27
3. Josef Černy (CZ/Elkov Author Cycling Team) +0:36
4. Jack Bauer (NZ/Mitchelton – Scott) 0:38
5. Tom Scully (Aus/EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale) 0:44
Time-trial results (Trebnje - Novo mesto):
Slovenian cyclists Primož Roglič (LottoNL-Jumbo) is the winner of 25th edition of Tour of Slovenia. He confirmed his great form on the today’s time-trial, he was 27 seconds faster then runner-up Jan Tratnik (CCC Sprandi Polkowice). Czech cyclist Josef Černy (Elkov Author Cycling Team) was third. Photo: Sportida
Class of his own: Primož Roglič won time-trial and confirmed overall victory!
Great news for the Slovenian fans! Tadej Pogačar (Ljubljana Gusto Xaurum) was four seconds faster than Australian Michael Storer (Team Sunweb) and has won the white jersey.
Primož Roglič (LottoNL-Jumbo) has showed that he’s won the green jersey, but he also wants a time-trial. He’s faster than Tratnik on the halfway.
14:35: Tadej Pogačar (Ljubljana Gusto Xaurum) is in the virtual white jersey on the halfway, he has five seconds lead ahead of Michael Storer (Team Sunweb).
Primož Roglič is on the track!
14:00: Czech rider Josef Černy (Elkov Author Cycling Team) did an excellent job, he’s now second behind Tratnik. Gap is 9 seconds.
14:08: No changes on the very top; Jan Tratnik (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) is still in the lead. Kiwi Jack Bauer (Mitchelton – Scott) is now seconds, 11 seconds behind Slovenian.
13:40: Change in the top three. Brit Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton – Scott) is now in third, Jan Tratnik (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) still leads.
Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) after his first Tour of Slovenia: “It was nice, especially because of the fans that were supporting Primož. Race had a perfect climbs for the preparations for the Tour de France. Yesterday’s stage was pretty hard, but everything turned out perfectly for our team. Primož got in the lead, so we are happy. It was good for me as well, first two days were for sprinters, then I helped Primož. I’m happy with my form, I got one stage, which is good for the way towards France.”
Jan Tratnik (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) gave us first feedback: “I came to the Tour of Slovenia with the ambition to fight for the stage victories, if not for the overall positions. Unfortunately I didn’t catch the right rhythm, I was very tired every day after the stage… I had a high hearth frequency and I couldn’t regenerate. Today’s stage was my last opportunity, I was optimist. If I compere my ride with my other time-trials I didn’t do as good, but I believed in myself and forgot on the pain and did the best I could. I hope it will be enough for the podium. This time-trial was hard, I had head winds all the time and I couldn’t develop my top speed.”
57 cyclists are in the finish. Jan Tratnik (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) is still leading, the slowest finisher so far is Yousif Mirza Al-Hammadi(UAE Team Emirates), he’s almost 7 minutes slower than the leader.
13:10: We have a new leader! Slovenian Jan Tratnik (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) took the lead with the gap of over 16 seconds. Australian Tom Scully (EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale) is now second, Roger Kluge (Mitchelton-Scott) is third. Photo Sportida
Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) has done his job on the Tour of Slovenia: “I’m very satisfied, this race is a great preparation for the Tour. We all suffered yesterday in the mountains, but I went through the stage OK. I’ll be keep coming back, quality of the race is growing with each edition, which is nice addition to the Tour of France preparations.”
12:35: German Mathis wasn’t in the lead for a very long time. Roger Kluge (Mitchelton – Scott) is now in the lead, Brit Alex Downsett (Bahrain – Merida) is second.
First cyclists are already in the finish area. New leader is German Marco Mathis (Katusha Alpecin).
Brit Alex Dowsett (Katusha Alpecin) is currently the fastest on the intermediate time in Šentjurij na Dolenjskem (10.4km).
Live timing: https://tourofslovenia.si/sl/rezultati#0_45FD34
The race is on, first cyclists are on the way to Novo mesto. Photo: Vid Ponikvar / Sportida
Last on course will be Primož Roglič that will defend a lead of 33 seconds. In case of success this will be his second Tour of Slovenia victory.
Slovakian Martin Vlcak (Dukla Banska Bystrica) will open the time-trial at noon. Last one to start will be Primož Roglič (LottoNL-Jumbo) at 14:32. Photo: Vid Ponikvar / Sportida
Everything about stage 5: https://tourofslovenia.si/sl/etapa/5
Photo: Vid Ponikvar / Sportida
Best cyclists will need under 25 minutes for just over 21 kilometers long time-trial from Trebnje to Novo mesto. Of course there will be also a fight for the stage victory. Roglič is a favorite, but Jan Tratnik (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) and others will also aim for best time of the day. Interesting day is ahead of us.
We’ll also follow the fight for white jersey, the jersey for the best young cyclists on the race. It’s currently on the shoulders of Australian Michael Storer (Team Sunweb), but Tadej Pogačar (Ljubljana Gusto Xaurum) will do everything to beat him in the time trial. Slovenian is three seconds behind Aussie.
Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale) – at least on paper not as good on time-trial as Roglič – is 33 seconds behind. 2017 champion Rafal Majka (BORA hansgrohe) is 43 seconds behind, Russian Ildar Arslanov (Gazprom RusVelo) another five.
“We'll see what happens. I did my last time-trial on the race in Basque Country, about a month and a half or even more ago. I had injury of the elbow, so I didn't train for it. We'll see, it's going to be interesting for sure,” was cautions Primož Roglič (LottoNL-Jumbo), who does have a nice lead ahead of the chasers. Primož got the lead on the queen mountain stage from Ljubljana to Kamnik, with the attack on Volovljek. After that he retained his lead in the descent and on the last kilometers; he has a lead of 33 seconds.
There is just one more challenge left for the cyclists on the Tour of Slovenia – 21.5km long time-trial between Trebnje and Novo mesto. First cyclists will go on course at noon. Last on course will be Primož Roglič that will defend a lead of 33 seconds and will do everything to confirm the victory on the Slovenian tour.