Tour de France 2021 - ‘A great ambassador for our sport’ – Big praise for Primoz Roglic’s mentality
Despite his general classification hopes being in tatters Primoz Roglic has received huge praise on The Breakaway for the way in which he carried himself when he found himself in a tricky situation. Brian Smith said a lot of young riders could learn a lesson from him. You can watch the Tour de France live and ad-free on the Eurosport app and Eurosport.co.uk.
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Primoz Roglic regala un bidón a un joven aficionado tras la 7ª etapa del Tour de Francia 2021
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However, Roglic was seen smiling regularly during the stage and was spotted chatting away at the finish line, to go along with a picture on Friday of him giving his water bottle to a young fan.
Speaking on The Breakaway after the stage Brian Smith hailed Roglic saying:
A great ambassador for our sport that all youngsters should follow.
"Not throwing the dummy out when things don’t go right."
'All youngsters should follow' - Roglic hailed for his positive attitude
Smith was joined on the sofa by Orla Chennaoui and Daniel Lloyd, the latter of whom said “As I said in commentary it’s always sad to watch a champion fall from grace through a crash in the first week or at any point. It’s never easy to watch. It’s amazing really that these guys carry on.
“I don’t knwo who took the shot [the picture of Roglic giving his bottle to a young fan] but it was a fantastic shot of him, despite the massive disappointment of knowing he was out of the GC, a couple of seconds later he was giving a child his bottle. That would have meant everything to that young fan, and could make them a fan for the rest of their.
He’s amazing in the way he reacts to anything like that.
“We saw the same thing on La Planche des Belles Filles. He went straight up to Tadej Pogacar and congratulated him; most other people would have been so shell-shocked at what had happened that they wouldn’t have even had the frame of mind to do that."
Chennaoui asked Smith whether with his GC hopes over we should expect to see Roglic pull out on the rest day with the Tokyo Olympics coming up.