Bob Jungels closes Spring season with a victory at Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Apr 22 2018 10:57 pm CET

Bob Jungels closes Spring season with a victory at Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Bob Jungels closes Spring season with a victory at Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Photo of Bob Jungels © Mary Cárdenas /

Quick-Step Floors' Bob Jungels has taken the victory at Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The Luxembourg champion launched an attack in the last kilometres and crossed the finish line by himself.

The 258.5-kilometre long race was the closing of the Spring Classics season and featured 11 classified climbs. The breakaway of the day was formed in the first kilometres of the route and included riders like Löic Vliegen (BMC), Anthony Perez (Cofidis), Casper Pedersen and Mark Christian (Aqua Blue Sport).

The front group reached a lead of around six minutes over the pack. The climbs took a toll on the escapees' group until only four were left. At the ascent to the Cote de La Redoute, Wanty-Groupe Gobert's Jerome Baugnies attacked from the from the front group and left the other three chasing him, not giving in to the pack just yet.

With 22 kilometres to go, the last escapee was caught by a peloton pulled by teams like Quick-Step Floors and Bahrain-Merida. At the ascent to the Cote de la Roche-aux-Faucons, riders like Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) and Sergio Henao (Sky) tried to escape but were not strong enough to create a gap.

At around 18 kilometres from the finish, Bob Jungels (Quick-Step) attacked. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) went on to chase him and were soon joined by others. In the next kilometres there were attacks by riders like Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal), Valverde and Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates), but all of them were shut down.

In front, Jungels took every risk possible to increase the gap with the reduced group that was chasing him. At the ascent of the Cote de Saint Nicolas Wellens launched a new attack and was followed by the rest, but soon his teammate Jelle Vanendert tried a new change of rhythm and created a gap with the others.

Behind them and with two kilometres to go, Julian Alaphilippe jumped from the front but was soon reeled back in, and moments later Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Michael Woods (EF Education First) tried to get away and got a considerable gap with the others.

The Luxembourger crossed the finish line by himself, taking his first victory in a Monument. Woods was second and Bardet stepped on the third position of the podium.



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