|Jungels makes the double at the Nationals [27-06-16 08:46 by staff GoNBike.com]|
The young Luxembourger was victorious on home turf and capped-off a strong Sunday for Etixx – Quick-Step
26-Jun-2016: Bob Jungels has successfully defended his road race national title, two days after doing the same thing in the individual time trial race. Held in-and-out the same town of Berbourg which hosted the ITT, on a 136km course, the race witnessed a crazy pace immediately after the start, as many riders were eager to book a place in the breakaway. Once a group got clear, the peloton started working together – unfazed by the difficult weather conditions – and reeled in the escapees just in time for the decisive phase of the race.
Inside the final 10 kilometers, Bob accelerated from the pack, in a move reminiscent of the one he pulled in stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia (on which he attacked and fought hard to keep the pink jersey), and forged a gap which proved to be insurmountable for the chasers. After defeating Alex Kirsch (Stölting Service Group) and Frank Schleck (Trek-Segafredo), thus achieving the double at the National Championships for the second season running, the 23-year-old sat down and talked about this performance, which he is sure will bode well ahead of his next appointment, scheduled in a few weeks’ time.
“I am very happy with the win and with keeping this beautiful jersey. I love it and I love to wear the colours of my country. Today’s race was really fast right from the gun and the wind and rain made it even more difficult. On the last lap, I attacked with 7 kilometers to go, because I felt that it was the best moment to do it and I was right, as I arrived solo at the finish line. Not only that this victory makes me happy, but it also gives me a timely boost of morale for my next race, the Tour de Pologne”, said Bob Jungels, who so far this season has amassed three wins, three podiums and six top 10 placings.
::Etixx – Quick-Step - Press Release::
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