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Giro d'Italia: Jungels focused on white but Henao gains ground

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Bob Jungels lost pink but keeps white

Bob Jungels lost pink but keeps white
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Bob Jungels (Etixx-QuickStep) desperately tries to catch back up to the next group on the climb

Bob Jungels (Etixx-QuickStep) desperately tries to catch back up to the next group on the climb
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Bob Jungels on the start line with Giro boss Mauro Vegni before stage 13

Bob Jungels on the start line with Giro boss Mauro Vegni before stage 13
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Bob Jungels in the Luxembourg tricolour with compatriots Fränk and Andy Schleck, and Laurent Didier at the Trek team presentation in 2014

Bob Jungels in the Luxembourg tricolour with compatriots Fränk and Andy Schleck, and Laurent Didier at the Trek team presentation in 2014
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Bob Jungels (Etixx-Quickstep)

Bob Jungels (Etixx-Quickstep)
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Despite losing more time in the overall at the Giro d'Italia on stage 14, Bob Jungels kept his white jersey after a resolute display in the mountains.

Jungels had lost the maglia rosa on stage 13 and proceeded to lose more time on the Passo Giau – the hardest ascent of Saturday's stage. He finished 21st on the stage, 6:21 down on winner Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) and slipped from second to 12th overall, 6:10 down on new race leader, Steven Kruijswijk (Team LottoNl-Jumbo).

"I didn't feel too bad until they really went full gas on Giau, which was really hard. I remembered that climb since going over it in the U23 ranks and since then I noticed how harsh it is. I am content with giving it all today, on a day for the real climbers," Jungels said at the finish.

Jungels came into the Giro as an outside prospect for the top-ten but raced consistently in the opening ten days. He pulled on pink and even extended his advantage over several rivals with a daring attack on stage 11. However he came unstuck on stage 13 to Cividale del Friuli.

"I've never done more than 5000 altitude meters in a race, maybe in training, but that was all. At the end of the day, it was a good experience, which helped me find out how far I can push my body in a Grand Tour when things become really tough.

"I saw today that I can push it really far and I learned a lot about the way a race goes and how prepared you have to be from a mental point of view to take on such a stage. Now we'll just see how we will continue in the next days."