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Norway return brings joy for Roglic

The last time he was in Norway, Primoz Roglic had not even started cycling yet the Slovenian came away from Bergen on Wednesday with a world championship silver medal.

In his previous guise as a ski-jumper, Roglic was world junior champion in 2007 before switching to cycling five years ago.

As a ski-jumper, he competed regularly in Norway.

But while last time it was his descending skills that were put to the test, this time it was Roglic's speed up the final 3.4km climb that ended the 31km men's world championship time-trial where he excelled, climbing from ninth fastest at the bottom of the hill into the silver medal position.

"It's true that last time I was here (in Norway) was when I was still a ski jumper, quite a lot of times," said the 27-year-old.

"But now I'm a cyclist it's the first time in my new career I'm here.

"It's always nice to come to Norway. It's quite a long story to describe everything (about his transformation from ski-jumper to cyclist).

"It was just a lack of motivation and some problems with knee injuries. I just got myself a bike for the first time in my life and became a cyclist!"

Since then it's been an incredible upward progression for Roglic.

He won a stage at the Giro d'Italia for the first time last year and then added one at the Tour de France in July.

He's developing into a good stage racer too and this year finished in the top five in three week-long races: Tirreno-Adriatico, Tour of Romandie and Tour of the Basque Country.

The two other riders who shared the podium with him in Bergen, champion Tom Dumoulin and bronze medallist Chris Froome, won the three Grand Tours this season between them.

And Roglic wants to now emulate them in that field too.

"For sure it's really nice to finish in that company with such good riders," he said.

"I probably have to think about it (competing for a Grand Tour) and try to develop in that direction."


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