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“I hope maybe in a few years to compete in the Grand Tours. That's my goal, my dream."

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04.02.2015 @ 10:02 Posted by Renaud Breban

Bob Jungels will begin today his third pro season. The Trek Factory Racing riders according an interview with the Rouleur website. He said that when he was young, he wanted to be "a legend" and he has always the same speech. 


When we asked him about his future goals, he is embarrassed: “I haven’t written them down but they’re all in my head. I’d like to win an Ardennes Classic, it doesn't matter which one. The Tour is still a dream – of every rider, obviously. I don't know if I'm able to get there one day. I think to win a Monument one day would be nice. Of course, the Worlds are also a pretty big goal for the future, I think.” Of course, legend status is some way off, but he is still motivated. 


Last year, he finished in the top-20 overall at the Tour of the Med and Paris-Nice. He was 9th at the Critérium International. In June, he finished 3rd in the prologue to Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo). “I think the first part of the season I did really well… For me, it was the first year where I did most of the WorldTour races; it was another level up and you feel that.”


But the second part of the season was not good. At first, he was wiped by a car and he crashed again on the first day’s racing at the Tour of Poland. Just before the Vuelta, he crashed during the TTT recon. “I was on the front, hit a hole in the road and the front wheel exploded. I lost the handlebars and crashed. That was a terrible moment for me – I’d crashed, for maybe the fifth time that season, but also caused the whole team to go down,” he reflects. “It was hard because my body just didn't really want to go on. I was struggling for maybe two weeks with the injuries.”


“It was really frustrating because I knew I could do better. In these breakaways, I couldn't really get everything I wanted out of myself. I also missed the Worlds, which I was really motivated for. It was kind of a dark period for me, but the motivation's even bigger for 2015.”

He thinks about the next of his career. He would like to have some qualities to compete in grand tours. “I hope maybe in a few years to compete in the Grand Tours. That's my goal, my dream. But I also know that I'm not ready to compete on the climbs with the best riders at the moment, that I have to improve. But I think [this season] I can do some good results in one-day races and even in one-week stage races.”


In the Luxembourg press, some journalists compared Jungles with the Schleck brothers. “I think I'm a different rider to them; I’m more muscular, so I've got the time-trial as my best discipline. I think it's not really a good comparison, I don’t particularly like it. I'm just trying to do my best and go my way,“ he added. “I've been pretty lucky. I grew up in their shadow, which allowed me to do this properly, without any stress or pressure from the outside. But on the other hand, I have to say I'm a pretty ambitious character. So I put a lot of pressure on myself quite a few times, which I don't see as a negative pressure. It's more good motivation.”


He will begin his 2015 season in France, at Etoile de Bessèges. He will race also Classic Sud Ardèche, la Drôme Classic and Paris Nice.





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