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.
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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.