A former ski jumper becomes a world-class cyclist
Before starting his cycling career, Primož Roglič was devoted to ski jumping. In 2006, his team won the silver medal at the junior world cup in ski jumping in Kranj and a year later, they even became world champions in Italy. He finally said goodbye to ski jumping in 2012, although he could have had ended his ski jumping career back in 2007, when he experienced a bad fall in Planica, which was the largest ski flying hill in the world at the time.
Even though he broke his nose and suffered a concussion, he persisted with ski jumping for another four years, gathering experience which would also benefit him in cycling. Back in 2012, he was already tackling cycling hills as a recreational cyclist. Soon, he soon proved to have an incredible talent for road cycling.
Making it among the top cyclists
There are not many cyclists who would buy their first bike at the age of 22 and then three years later win the Tour of Slovenia cycling race (2015). Primož is certainly a unique sports phenomenon, who has set his sights on becoming an all-round cyclist. At first, he was only good at cycling up hills (there are many hills in Slovenia, making it a perfect practice ground), but later on became good at cycling on the flat, as well, training on the many cycling routes in the Dolenjska region.
He was spotted by scouts from the Dutch Team Jumbo-Visma, a UCI WorldTour team, which is still his team today. Wearing the distinctive yellow and black kit of Jumbo – Visma, he started to push the boundaries of Slovenian cycling and became the first Slovenian to win stages in the most prestigious cycling races in the world. By winning the 2019 Vuelta a España, he became the first Slovenian to win one of cycling's Grand Tours, the three major three-week cycling races (Tour de France, Giro and Vuelta). With two more victories, he has proven that the Vuelta was right up his alley and made history as the third cyclist to win a Spanish Ribbon for three consecutive years. The overall wins at the Spanish Vuelta are not the only victories from the big three races. At the 2023 Giro d'Italia, he seized the pink jersey as the overall race leader. He assured himself the victory before the finish in Rome after winning the penultimate, mountain stage at Višarje with the loud support from the Slovenian fans.
He also became the first Slovenian cyclist to win medals at both the UCI world championships and the Olympic Games.In September 2017, he won a silver medal in the time trial at the UCI World Championship in Bergen. After having to quit the 2021 Tour de France early due to injuries, at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, he "exploded" in the time trial and, after a remarkable performance, became the Olympic champion.