Bob Jungels inks new deal with Quick-Step Floors
The champion of Luxembourg, currently racing the Tour de Pologne, has agreed on a new contract with the squad managed by Patrick Lefevere.
Bob Jungels has extended his stint in the Quick-Step Floors jersey, which he will continue to sport for three more seasons. Since joining the team, Bob has racked up five victories, but more importantly, he has developed into a true Grand Tour contender, his results in the past two years at the Giro d'Italia speaking for themselves.
Top 10 overall in 2016 (6th) and 2017 (8th), winner of the coveted maglia bianca on both occasions and history-maker as the first Luxembourger in six decades to wear the pink jersey, all these are milestones achieved by the 24-year-old in his tenure at Quick-Step Floors so far, which Bob was more than happy to prolong until the end of the 2020 season.
"I am really happy with where I am, with the whole team, the staff and the management, so it was never a question for me if I wanted to stay or not. I feel I have a lot of support and trust from the entire team and I am both happy and proud to continue with this great outfit for the next three years. I'm heading towards a really interesting time in my career and it's very important to rely on a strong team for the Grand Tours, and this is what I have here at Quick-Step Floors", a happy Bob Jungels said.
The Luxembourger, who showcased his talents also in other races, confirmed that he won't be targeting only Grand Tours in the future, as he has set his sights also on other prestigious races.
"I like to see my career as a project. Two years ago I was a bit uncertain if I could compete for the GC in a Grand Tour, but I got that confirmation while riding for Quick-Step Floors and I am grateful for that. Next year, I'm not going to focus only on Grand Tours. I know I can do well also in one-day races and week-long stage races, so I'll try to be there when it will matter in Liège–Bastogne–Liège, Paris-Nice, Tirreno-Adriatico or the Tour de Suisse, which are all races that suit me well."
Patrick Lefevere, Quick-Step Floors' CEO, was content with having the talented Luxembourger in the team for at least three more seasons: "I am very proud and happy that we have managed to sign with Bob until 2020. He has proven to be a natural leader and one of the most promising GC riders in the peloton, a superb all-rounder, with strong climbing and time trialling abilities."
"If you look over his two-year stint so far with us you can see Bob has been instrumental for the team, from his great ride in the past two editions of the Giro d'Italia to the World TTT Championships in Doha, where he helped us capture the gold medals for the third time. We're confident he'll continue to progress and show his quality in the big races", Lefevere concluded.
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