Sports director of the Bahrain Victorious team, Gorazd Štangelj, is a guest of the cycling podcast Vala 202. Dolenjec says that the logistics of Saturday’s time trial are extremely demanding.
It is not only the extreme slope that is demanding, which has an average gradient of more than 15 percent in the first five kilometers, and in some places even 22 percent.
Like Štangelj, also radio sports journalists Igor Tominec and Dare Rupar they believe that the final decision on the winner will come on Saturday’s time trial. “This is what the organizers wanted,” says the 50-year-old, who has competed in three-week races 13 times in his career.
Dolenjec claims that the gap of 30 seconds will be made up on Saturday, and more only if one of the riders has a bad day. He warns that it should not be expected that he will Geraint Thomas had based on what he saw at this year’s Giro.
Rupar reports that most of Italy’s seventh-place team want to see the Welshman on top of the podium. Thomas, who celebrated his 37th birthday on Thursday, prefers to chat with the media rather than Primož Roglič.
The Olympic champion in the time trial had a much better day on Thursday than on Tuesday, Štangelj believes that he didn’t have a bad day on Tuesday at all, just a mini-crisis that he overcame perfectly, and in the last mountain stage it would be best for Zasavec to attack someone else, and Roglič in this case could more easily control the course of the race with more numerous and better team support compared to his competitors.
He is the host of the Tour 202 podcast Luka Petrič.