Primož Roglič says he may have to wait until December before riding a bike again after the shoulder injury he sustained in his Vuelta a España crash required surgery and a long period of rehabilitation.
“Rehab is going according to plan. I can move my shoulder a little bit again, although he may have to wait another month before he can ride a bike again,” the Slovenian said in a social media update on his condition. “However, I am currently busy with other projects as well.” Roglič cites his foundation that he created to help young cyclists as something he has been spending time with while he was unable to train.
Roglič underwent shoulder surgery just a month ago in Slovenia. “That shoulder needs to be repaired,” he told Slovenian radio station Val 202 before the surgery. “It is no secret that I have dislocated my shoulder several times. Nothing is going to happen. They cut a piece of the bone and moved it to where he dislocated his shoulder.”
The 33-year-old crashed out of two Grand Tours in 2022, although at the Tour de France he battled through the pain of a crash on the cobbled Roubaix stage to help Jonas Vingegaard take yellow before abandoning the race before the start. of stage 15. He then lined up at the Vuelta a España for another redemption tour of Spain, but crashed hard in a reduced sprint on stage 16. Roglič did not sustain any fractures, but suffered bruises and severe rashes on the road, as well as losing a not insignificant amount of blood from a cut on his elbow.
Roglič later launched a bizarre war of words against Fred Wright, blaming the Briton for an accident, but the general consensus was that it was the Slovenian’s fault.
However, Roglič’s injury tribulations are nothing new, as he bounced back from a 2021 Tour de France crash to win the Paris-Nice and Critérium du Dauphiné overall titles in 2022. However, among the crashes of this year’s Tour and Vuelta, Roglič’s doctor said that the injuries he had already suffered before the Gran Vuelta a España were more complicated than in previous years, and accused Jumbo-Visma of putting the success of the team before the cyclist health.
It is currently unknown how much this long rehabilitation and the delay in resuming training will affect Roglič’s preparation for 2023, a pivotal season for him. He will be one who faces a huge task to get back into first place in the overall pecking order at Jumbo-Visma over Vingegaard, the Dane who ultimately delivered a yellow jersey for the Dutch team and successfully defeated Tadej. Pogacar.