“Not even in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine that our boys would ever be as good as Pogačar and Roglič are now. Never,” says fan Sandi, who is one of the crowd of Slovenians at the cycling fan festival in Sveti Višarje.
“Mala Planica” – that’s the Slovenian cycling ace Primož Roglič said he wanted it to look like today’s brutal mountaineer chronometer to Svete Višar, which will give the winner of the 106th Race around Italy. Due to the proximity of the Slovenian border, fans have been flocking to the track from various directions since morning – of course, most of them are those with Slovenian flags.
In Višarje, where at the peak of the season so far a maximum of five thousand visitors have been counted, today 15,000 people are expected. The weather also helps visitors, as it is sunny and warm. V Everything in Trbiž and its surroundings is dressed in pink, all accommodations are occupied.
“I’ve followed cycling before, when Valjavec, Koren, Brajkovič were riding, but mostly the Tour. This is the first time I’m on the route of a big race. The scenery is very beautiful, everything is very interesting,” it is for Val 202 said Sandi from Ljubljana, and his son Rok added: “Great it is, i can’t wait for it to start. Both my father and I are equally ardent fans.”
Earlier, another fan said: “Our preparations took a month, because we knew that Primož would definitely be at the top. We just waited for the Italians to tell us how everything would be organized. We went early in the morning. The parking lots are well marked. We’ll go to the top on foot otherwise , and of course equipped with all the props to give all the support to Primož – victory is ours.”
Many will go to the top on foot along the pilgrimage route, three thousand tickets for the cable car to Višarje was sold out in one day. Due to the narrow road, it will be on the most difficult part chronometer access for viewers limited. 600 million people are expected to watch the event on television.
Otherwise, Roglič will not hit the track until after 5 p.m., which means that the fans will have plenty of time for socializing and cheering.