Luxembourg’s New Hope

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17 May 2016

Bob Jungels. He was born on the 22th of September, 1992. He grew up in Rollingen, a city in the middle of Luxembourg. At a young age, Bobby already dreamed of becoming a professional cyclist. He found out that he could ride hard and fast, so he became a specialist in time trials at a young age. He was still a junior in 2009 and won the time trial at the World Championships. Some already pointed out back then that he was very talented and people in Luxembourg called him the ‘new Andy Schleck’. In 2012, he moved from the amateur team UC Dippach to the Leopard Trek Continental Team. In that year he won Paris-Roubaix under 23 and the overall classification in the Flèche du Sud. After this year he signed for RadioShack – Leopard, which became Trek Factory Racing in 2014. In the three years he spent at this team, he learned how to race in WorldTour races, between the best professional riders of the world. In 2015, he showed to the cycling world that he was capable of climbing in the high mountains. He became 27th overall in the Tour de France and ended up in the top 15 in the stage to the Alpe d’Huez. This was not unnoticed by other teams. The Etixx – Quick Step team saw his potential and the manager Lefevre signed him for 2016. His goals for his first year there were clear. The Spring Classics and the Giro d’Italia. The Spring Classics were a bit disappointing for him, so he was eager to ride a good Giro. After he made it through the first week without too much damage, he knew that the pink jersey was in his reach. Today he succeeded. He is the second rider from Luxembourg who gets to wear the pink jersey. It is 57 years ago that the legendary rider Charly Gaul wore the pink jersey. It is not only a confirmation to himself, but also a mark in the cycling history of Luxembourg. He stated in the interview after the stage that it was one of the best days in his life. Without a doubt, there will come many more days like this for him. Bob Jungels. He is on his way to become Luxembourg’s new hope.

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© Bob Jungels / @BobJungels

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