Bob Jungels takes the win
The Luxembourg champion left the leading group in his wake with 18.6km to go, just after the Côte de Roche-aux-Faucons. No one decided to follow him right away, and he quickly gained a lead of 30 seconds on the flat. The chase group consisting of the likes of Alejandro Valverde and Jungels’ team-mate Julian Alaphilippe failed to collaborate effectively. Jelle Vanendert then attacked from the group on the Saint-Nicholas, closing the gap down to 20 seconds, but that was all we got to see from the chasers. In the end nobody was able to catch up with the 25-year-old, and Jungels rode to the biggest victory of his career so far.
Look! Someone took a picture in my dreams yesterday night😅 imagine this would really happen🤪
— Bob Jungels (@BobJungels) April 23, 2018
“It’s the race the closest to Luxembourg and every year there are a lot of Luxembourgish fans,” the Quick-Step Floors rider said. “I wasn’t here for the last two years so I was looking forward to be back on those roads, and if you have your friends and family on the roads it’s special, you hear them on small climbs, so it was a little bonus to me.”
⏪ Relive the last kilometer and the victory of Bob Jungels ! Another one this week for the @quickstepteam Wolfpack !
⏪ Revivez le dernière kilomètre et la victoire de Bob Jungels ! Une de plus cette pour l'équipe Quick-Step Floors !#LBL pic.twitter.com/FkukHiLigx
— Liège-Bastogne-Liège (@LiegeBastogneL) April 22, 2018
“The main goal was of course our captain Julian, to see him in the best position, so it was important that he could stay behind the other leaders and they were forced to work. It came as a little bit of a surprise for me because I thought they were on my wheel, but then I heard on the radio ‘Go, go, go!’ and I just kept going and I didn’t see anyone until the line.”
1 Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors 6-24-44
2 Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac
3 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
4 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors
5 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
6 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
7 Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
8 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Mitchelton-Scott
9 Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky
10 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
Son of a Valgren
Lots of comments on what a nice guy Michael Valgren is after winning Amstel, but actually he's bloody annoying.
I mean just look at the smug face in this picture. pic.twitter.com/McfblZhjzt
— Daniel Lloyd (@daniellloyd1) April 17, 2018
— Richie Porte (@richie_porte) April 18, 2018
Want to have a go?
Quite the new experience. Not sure about aerodynamics but both thumbs up for style and comfort. pic.twitter.com/MK73a1clSK
— Jens Voigt (@thejensie) April 16, 2018
Trying hard not to laugh