Jungels: Being versatile is not always a gift

Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-QuickStep) on his 2019 Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne race-winning solo attack
Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-QuickStep) on his 2019 Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne race-winning solo attack (Image credit: Getty Images)

Riding high in April, shot back down in May. With the benefit of hindsight, it was always likely to happen, but Deceuninck-QuickStep's Bob Jungels didn’t feel that way when he reached the end of a fine debut cobbled Classics campaign at last year’s Tour of Flanders. His eyes were sunken into a thousand-yard stare when he spoke with reporters in the square in Oudenaarde at the finish, yet, despite his obvious fatigue, he was already shifting his thoughts towards the following month’s Giro d’Italia. Such is the life of a rider with the aptitude to do it all.

Jungels felt undaunted by the tight turnaround of just five weeks between the Ronde and the Giro, and went to train at altitude in mid-April, shedding 3kg as he set about shifting his focus from cobbled bergs to Alpine passes. The Luxembourger began the Giro with the ambition of improving on his sixth place finish of 2016, but the prospect never sharpened into focus. Jungels knew something was awry when he shipped over a minute to Primoz Roglic in the San Marino time trial on stage 9, and the confirmation arrived once the race hit the mountains.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

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