Primož Roglič is continuing his rehabilitation following knee pain he suffered in the Basque Country of Itzulia last month and will move to a full training load next week, his Jumbo-Visma team have said.
The Slovenian is looking ahead to July’s Tour de France and will travel to a team training camp in Sierra Nevada, Spain next week. He hasn’t raced since finishing eighth at Itzulia in mid-April, missing the Ardennes Classics with his knee problem.
Since then, Roglič has been on a limited training schedule with team doctors monitoring the situation as he spends time at his home in Slovenia.
“We are still in the rehabilitation phase,” said sports team manager Merijn Zeeman. Het Laatste Nieuws. “Doctors and our performance coach Mathieu Heijboer monitor Primož’s knee daily.
“His training sessions are still ‘on the brake’ at the moment. We don’t want to fully load his knee until next week.”
Roglič’s big goal for the season is now just under two months away, where he will again challenge his compatriot and two-time winner Tadej Pogačar for the GC Tour. He will have the backing of one of the strongest teams in racing, with the likes of Wout van Aert, Jonas Vingaard and Rohan Dennis set to race for Jumbo-Visma in July.
Climbers Steven Kruijswijk and Sepp Kuss are also set to race the Tour after the team announced the bulk of their roster earlier this year leaving two places up for grabs.
Those riders will join Roglič in the Sierra Nevada, as will Tiesj Benoot, who is expected to take one of the remaining places. Nathan Van Hooydonck and Mike Teunissen will also join the team camp, with the pair competing with Christophe Laporte for the last Tour team spot.
“It will not be a surprise if [Benoot] is there for the start of the Tour in Copenhagen,” said Zeeman. “On Monday he will leave for the Sierra Nevada with the rest of the Tour team.
“We prefer to start the preparation for the Tour with a wide selection. Suppose that in the coming weeks a fixed rider gives up or falls ill – then it is not desirable to replace him with someone who is not as well prepare.”