Bob Jungels brought home his first professional win and first team win for 2013 in the 16th GP Nobili Rubinetterie in Stresa, Italy on Thursday. Jungels, part of a four-man break that went clear after 11km of racing, attacked his group on the climb of Massino Visconti and rode solo to the finish line, claiming the biggest victory in his young career by a wide 53-second margin.
Jungels: “It was a really hard day. Everyone on the team kept trying to go in the breakaways and I finally made it with Haller (Katusha), Teruel (Movistar) and Avila (Colombia). We worked well together most of the day and got over nine minutes. When we went on the climb the first time we still had seven minutes and I saw that I was the strongest in the group. We were three guys by the second time on the climb and I attacked at the bottom. That was my only chance so I time trialed to the finish against a strong headwind. I kept hearing Kim’s voice in my ear piece and I couldn’t believe how long those 15k felt.”
Jungels averaged 41.199km/h on the 187.5km course at just over four-and-a-half hours. Joining him on the podium were Daniele Bennati (Saxo-Tinkoff) and Simone Ponzi (Astana).
Jungels, 20, hails from Rollingen, Luxembourg and came to RADIOSHACK LEOPARD TREK after a sterling year at LEOPARD TREK saw him winning the Paris-Roubaix U23, Flèche du Sud and U23 National TT Championship for Luxembourg.
Jungels: “This was a race where we had no real leader so (director) Kim told us to try something. It’s an amazing feeling. I was hoping to have a win some time this year but I never expected this. I am overwhelmed. It’s good for the team and I am so happy.”
Today’s victory marks the second of the season for RADIOSHACK LEOPARD TREK and gives the team motivation and drive for more as the racing season enters the competitions for the classics starting this weekend with Milano-Sanremo.