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Cyclist Roglič helps top sailor Vinčec and crew win Barcolana

Trieste, 13 October - Sailor Gašper Vinčec and his crew won this year's Barcolana, the biggest mass start sailing regatta in the world, which took place in Trieste on Sunday. The crew also included cycling sensation Primož Roglič, a former ski-jumper, who became the first Slovenian to win a grand tour race, when a month ago he won the La Vuelta.

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Barcolana in Trieste.
Photo: Jure Makovec/STA

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Barcolana in Trieste.
Photo: Jure Makovec/STA

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Barcolana in Trieste.
Photo: Jure Makovec/STA

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Jadralska regata Go to Barcolana.
Foto: Jure Makovec/STA

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Barcolana in Trieste.
Photo: Jure Makovec/STA

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Barcolana in Trieste.
Photo: Jure Makovec/STA

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Barcolana in Trieste.
Photo: Jure Makovec/STA

Vinčec and his crew were not deemed the favourites of the race that featured more than 2,000 sail boats, after legal complications prevented him to compete with Morning Glory, one of the fastest sail boats in the world that Vinčec has been leasing.

Instead, they competed with way of Life, Vinčec's own a 24-metre sail boat. The crew finished the race in 1 hour, 54 minutes and 10 seconds.

The start of the race was rather slow, with most of the boats barely moving after canon salvoes signalled race start. Only Way of Life seemed to catch some wind and already had a considerable advantage at the first buoy, with the crew managing to preserve this advantage to the finish line.

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