Bob Jungels rides the 'rollercoaster of emotions' to bounce back to the top after Tour de France stage win

AG2R Citroën rider has had artery issues for the past two years, but has now returned to be his old self

Bob Jungels
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It was difficult to pick a neutral favourite to win stage nine of the Tour de France. Heading into the final kilometre, on the climb to Châtel Portes du Soleil, Bob Jungels (AG2R Citroën) led, a man who has come back from a serious arterial problem to the top level of the sport. Behind him, Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), chased on, aiming for his first Tour stage win since 2019.

Every morning, it is clear that Pinot is one of the most popular men in the peloton, if the cheers of French fans are anything to go by. Jungels, meanwhile, is a man who has looked a shadow of his former self the past two years, thanks to his arterial condition, but has now returned to the top. 

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.