Matej Mohorič has defended Bahrain Victorious teammate Fred Wright after Primož Roglič accused him of inflicting his Vuelta a España crash.
Roglič crashed out of the Vuelta on stage 16 whereas second general and seemingly able to problem Remco Evenepoel for general victory. Roglič crashed laborious, struggling accidents to his proper elbow, hip, knee and ribs.
“The crash was not brought on by a nasty highway or a scarcity of security however by a rider’s behaviour,” Roglič claimed on Friday, straight accusing Wright, regardless of video and photographic proof suggesting it was a race incident.
“Wright got here from behind and rode the handlebars out of my fingers earlier than I knew it.”
Bahrain Victorious defended Wright and the British rider was satisfied he did nothing incorrect.
Mohorič, who is aware of fellow Slovenian Roglič nicely, stood firmly by Wright.
“I noticed three or 4 completely different movies. There may be nothing to say, it is rather, very clear that Primož deviated from his line. He did not test over his shoulder to see if anybody was there, and he was clearly on the white line,” Mohorič instructed Cyclingnews and Velonews earlier than driving the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal in Canada on Sunday.
“It is not applicable and it isn’t truthful to make a press release like that towards Fred, who I do know personally very well.”
Mohorič believes there’s nonetheless respect between riders within the peloton however advised that Roglič, relatively than Wright, is commonly too desperate to struggle for place within the peloton and so threat inflicting crashes.
“We now have respect within the peloton however some riders are extra desperate to push for place than others. I believe in the event you ask the peloton, everybody will let you know that Primož is extra desperate to push for place than Fred,” Mohorič mentioned.
“We all know that Primož crashes rather a lot and this isn’t the primary time this occurred.”
Mohorič suffered with Epstein-Barr Virus and COVID-19 after the Tour de France and so he is not going to trip the World Championships in Australia alongside fellow Slovenian Tadel Pogačar.
He’ll proceed to race in Europe, slowly rebuilding his type earlier than taking a break in the course of the winter.