Primoz Roglic is taking nothing for granted at the Vuelta a Espana, despite leading the race by almost two minutes after stage 10 (Roglic 2/5 Outright Betting).
The red leader’s jersey has been like a hot potato since the start of the race, passed from rider to rider, but Roglic has it back after Tuesday’s time trial in Pau, and is determined to keep hold.
The Jumbo-Visma rider began the day just six seconds behind race leader Nairo Quintana of Movistar, but blew away his rivals in devastating fashion over the 36.2km hit out.
The Slovenian beat Paddy Bevin by 25 seconds to take the stage win, but even more important was the amount of time he put into his general classification rivals.
Alejandro Valverde is now second, at 1:52, Miguel Angel Lopez lies third at 2:11, while Quintana is now all of three minutes behind Roglic.
“In every time trial, you try to go as fast as possible,” Roglic said afterwards. “It was the same mission today and, yeah, I’m happy with the performance.”
Despite being in a strong position, Roglic is taking nothing for granted. He was in a similar position at the Giro d’Italia earlier in the year, only to finish third.
“It’s like that. It’s never enough, even if you have ten minutes,” he said. “I’m happy with how it is now. I’ll to do my best and go day by day.
“We’ll see. So far, I’m feeling pretty good, and I also didn’t have a lot of luck. I already had had some crashes, but I’m just looking forward,” Roglic said. “I’ll try to stay healthy and in one piece. I’m not so worried about that.”
Wednesday’s stage 11 is a 180km stretch from Saint-Palais to Urdax, with Jesus Herrada and Philippe Gilbert both priced at 10/1 to win it.