Bob Jungels fitted 55-tooth chainring specifically to win Tour of Oman stage

New opportunities at Etixx-Quick Step for Bob Jungels bring confidence - and a bigger chainring for downhill attacks

Bob Jungels wins stage one of the Tour of Oman 2016

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Bob Jungels’s win on the opening day of the Tour of Oman today was no fluke. The 23-year-old had targeted the stage before even arriving in Oman and, when his Etixx-QuickStep team checked the route yesterday, he knew he had what it took.

This morning in the team meeting he announced his intention to win, and knowing the final four kilometres were downhill, he asked the mechanic to fit a 55-tooth chainring to his bike.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.