GCN Racing News Show: Primož Roglič on the move and the latest transfer news

Dan Lloyd breaks down Roglič's desire to leave Jumbo-Visma as well as the the latest race news from around the globe

Clock08:48, Tuesday 3rd October 2023

Cycling’s 2023 transfer season is shaping up to be one of the most hectic in recent memory, with rumours of mergers, broken contracts and sponsor musical chairs swirling about for the better part of the last two months. Last week, the murmur of the rumour mill rose to a fever pitch as one of the best in the peloton, Primoz Roglič, decided his time at Jumbo-Visma is up.

This week on the GCN Racing News Show, Dan Lloyd is in the studio and considers the Slovenian’s announcement in more detail as well as bringing us up to date with the world of professional bike racing.

While Roglič’s announcement set in motion a bidding war for his services, it's been something of a poorly kept secret that he was ready to move on from a team that he has spent such a long tenure with. With Jonas Vingegaard likely to remain at the helm of the team’s Tour de France squad, Roglič moves on partly to try and find his own success at the Tour de France, the only Grand Tour he has not won.

Yet, with the potential Jumbo-Visma and Soudal Quick-Step merger still very much a spectre on the cycling landscape as a whole, it is likely Roglič is not the only major rider who will be changing teams in the coming weeks. Remco Evenepoel is once again on the speculative market, since all the riders on Soudal Quick-Step would have the ability to break their contracts and sign where they would like if the merger were to take place.

Ineos Grenadiers would be the natural fit for the Belgian if that was the case.

While the rumour mill is an exciting topic in its own right, there was still some real life bike racing to discuss. And it was Roglič who continued to dominate the headlines, although this time with a win in the Giro dell’Emilia ahead of Tadej Pogačar. The two Slovenians are both ramping up to the final monument of the season in Il Lombardia. First, however, the two will battle at Tre Valli Varesine on October 3.

In the women’s race, which unfortunately was not televised, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ-SUEZ) won ahead of her teammate Marta Cavalli and Juliette Labous (dsm-firmenich).

In other racing, Arnaud De Lie (Lotto-Dstny) continues to cement his position close to the top of the sprinting pyramid as he won a sprint with effectively only one leg after breaking his cleat in the finish at the Lotto Famenne Ardenne Classic.

In the CRO Race, Croatian cyclo-cross champion and sometimes road racer Viktor Potočki was able to bring his skills in cross to the road as he bunny-hopped the fallen Venezuelan champion Orluis Aular (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) in the final sprint of stage six. While the crash was ugly, Aular was able to go on and win the race overall.

Last but not least, Peter Sagan rode his last race at the Tour of Vendée on the weekend. Sagan has thrilled cycling fans for over a decade and will surely be missed. Here is our article breaking down the five days that have defined his career.

This week on GCN+:

  • Tre Valli Varesine (men)
  • Gran Piemonte
  • Il Lombardia
  • Sparkassen Munsterland Giro
  • Binche–Chimay–Binche (men and women)
  • Paris-Tours
  • Tour of Turkey
  • UCI MTB World Series
  • UCI Gravel World Championships*
  • Exact Cross
  • Unbound

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