2019 belongs to Primoz Roglic. Because, this Jumbo-Visma rider managed to occupy the world number one in the latest ranking list released by UCI. He collected 4320.28 points. Outperformed the two closest competitors, Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana).
Roglic started the 2019 season sweetly. He won the UAE Tour which was held late February to early March. Then he won two wins at Tirreno-Adriatico, and the Tour de Romandie. The success of the 29-year racer continues to rank third in the 2019 Giro d’Italia.
The Slovenian driver also won his first Grand Tour victory at La Vuelta ciclista a Espana. This is the biggest achievement of his career. Roglic closed the 2019 season brilliantly. He won two races in Italy, namely Giro dell’Emilia and Tre Valli Varesine.
“This is the best season of my career,” Roglic said as reported by CyclingWeekly, Sunday (10/13) night.
“When I am in shape, and at high speed, I am hard to beat. The fact that I am a racer with the most UCI wins this season is good. Even if it’s just statistics, “Roglic added.
Roglic was a little disappointed because he failed to win Il Lombardia. Though he is very ambitious to win. Roglic only finished seventh in the 2019 final monument race. Although it failed, but Roglic has a big heart. He claimed that Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) was indeed worthy of winning Il Lombardia 2019.
“Apart from that I am very happy with the fact that I can finish the season as number one in the world,” he said.
Next season will be a new challenge for him. Together with Steven Kruijswijk, Roglic will still be the mainstay of Jumbo-Visma. In addition, Roglic also gets a new tandem, namely Tom Dumoulin. Dumoulin joins Jumbo-Visma from Sunweb.
UCI World Rankings (10/13)
1. Primoz Roglic (Slovenia) Jumbo-Visma, 4635.3 points
2. Julian Alaphilippe (French) Deceuninck– Quick-Step, 3595 points
3. Jakob Fuglsang (Denmark) Astana, 3472.5 points
4. Egan Bernal (Colombia) Ineos, 3346.8 points
5. Alejandro Valverde (Spain) Movistar, 3297 points
6. Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium) CCC, 2947.3 points
7. Pascal Ackermann (Germany) Bora-Hansgrohe, 2489 points
8. Alexander Kristoff (Norway) UAE Team Emirates, 2484.5 points
9. Elia Viviani (Italy) Deceuninck – Quick-Step, 2342.1 points
10. Diego Ulissi (Italy) UAE Team Emirates, 2271 points