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by Matt de Neef
April 23, 2018
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Bob Jungels solos to biggest career win at Liege-Bastogne-Liege; Anna van der Breggen continues Ardennes dominance at Liege-Bastogne-Liege; Kanstantsin Siutsou wins the Tour of Croatia; Ruben Plaza takes out the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon; Boels-Dolmans thanks Sky for help after mechanic has a heart attack; Kiwi cyclist Alex Ray roused from a coma after collision with car; Former junior world champion killed after being hit by a car; Astana’s tribute to Michele Scarponi; Following Sep Vanmarcke at the Tour of Flanders; Alaphilippe congratulates Jungels on Liege success.
With a successful solo attack 18km from the finish Luxembourg national champion Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) took the biggest victory of his career Sunday, winning the 104th edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
The victory gave Quick-Step Floors a second Monument win of the 2018 Spring Classics season, won in very similar fashion to Niki Terpstra at the Ronde van Vlaanderen — a strong rider from the strongest team going clear after a long-range solo attack.
“To be honest I didn’t believe it until I saw nobody here at the finish line,” Jungels said. “I was feeling good all day long. After Wednesday [at Flèche Wallonne] we had Julian [Alaphilippe] as our clear leader. At some point I tried to go, to keep him in a good position, and nobody ever came back.”
Canadian Michael Woods (EF Education First-Drapac) finished second, 37 seconds behind, just ahead of Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale). Alaphilippe finished fourth, another two seconds back.
“It’s definitely a special day for me,” Woods said. “I was lucky to see Bardet attack, I was inspired by how he raced and luckily I was able to follow him. Bob Jungels was incredibly strong, he deserves the win today. It’s definitely the best result I’ve ever had in my life. It’s a win for me.”
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