Tokyo – Rider Primož Roglič has outclassed the competition by more than a minute in the men’s Olympic time trial on Wednesday to win the second gold for Slovenia in Tokyo and the second medal for Slovenian cycling at the ongoing Games.
Bouncing back from difficulties in the Olympic road race, which saw his national team mate Tadej Pogačar win bronze, Roglič entered confidently into the 44.2 kilometre time trial, stepping up the pace throughout, to crush the field in the second lap for a winning time of 55 minutes 4.19 seconds.
This was as much as a 1min 1.39sec clear off Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands, his team mate in the UCI World Team Jumbo-Visma, in second. In fact, Roglič was so much focused that he kept on peddling beyond the finish line at the Fuji International Speedway until he was waved to a halt a hundred metres on.
Australia’s Rohan Dennis came in third with a lag of 1min 3.90sec to claim bronze.
“Amazing … It goes to show how fortunes can turn fast if you believe in yourself and work hard for new challenges ahead. Absolutely amazing,” Roglič told RTV Slovenija in his first comment.
Roglič’s is the fourth medal for Slovenia at the Tokyo Games and the second gold after canoeist Benjamin Savšek secured the Olympic title in the men’s C-1 slalom on Monday.
It is the 27th medal for Slovenia at the Summer Olympic Games so far.