Bob Jungels wins GP Nobili 2013

RadioShack-Leopard young blood Bob Jungels took a solo win at the Gran Premio Nobili Rubinetterie one-day race in Stresa, Italy on Thursday.

The 20-year-old from Luxembourg out-witted and out-rode an experienced field of riders to take his first win since stepping up to RadioShack from the Leopard-Trek Continental squad.

Italian sprinter Daniele Bennati (Saxo-Tinkoff) brought the bunch home at 53 seconds, with Simone Ponzi (Astana) in third.

Jungels attacked from an original four-man breakaway on the Massino Visconti climb to take the win. The escape group had formed after just 11 of the race's 187 kilometres.

"It was a really hard day," Jungels said after the victory. "Everyone on the team kept trying to go in the breakaways... We [the break] 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 trialled to the finish against a strong headwind."

Some teams use the UCI 1.1-category race as part of their preparation for Milan-San Remo or Volta a Catalunya, and the start list boasted names such as Michael Rogers, Alberto Contador (both Saxo-Tinkoff), Francisco Ventoso and Giovanni Visconti (both Movistar).

It's not Jungel's first win by any means - last year he won the under-23 edition of Paris-Roubaix and a stage and the overall classification of the Fleche du Sud. He was junior time trial world champion in 2010 and has numerous other wins as a junior and under-23.

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Nigel Wynn
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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.