Primoz Roglic and Tadej Pogacar shape the Slovenian cycling success story. But there are doubts.
A Slovenian double success at the first mountain finish of the Tour de France: Ex-ski jumper Primoz Roglic wins the 4th stage ahead of super talent Tadej Pogacar. Two riders from a 2 million country with no great cycling tradition. A golden generation?
Here is the former ski jumper Roglic, who is one of the favorites to win the Tour. And there is the only 21-year-old Pogacar, who at the last Vuelta was the youngest driver to win 3 stages in a big tour. In addition, two other Slovenes, Matej Mohoric and Jan Polanc, play an important role in their tour teams.
What role does Slovenia play in the blood doping affair?
So far so good. But now to the unpleasant part of the success story. Because Slovenian cycling is also accompanied by a suspicion – keyword: operation bloodletting.
The two Slovenian professional cyclists Kristijan Koren and Borut Bozic were banned from the UCI for 2 years last autumn. You are considered a customer of Erfurt sports medicine specialist Mark S., who is at the center of the blood doping affair. The Croatian Kristijan Durasek, an ex-colleague of Pogacar, was also banned for 4 years.
Roglic in contact with a suspected manager
The UCI has also initiated investigations against the Slovenian bike manager Milan Erzen. Explosive: Erzen was Roglic’s coach when his career took off in 2013. Meanwhile, Roglic holds 41 professional victories. The Vuelta overall victory last year marked the highlight of his career so far.
The process in Operation Aderlass begins on September 16 – four days before the tour entourage enters the Champs-Elysées in Paris.