Since joining Quick-Step Floors, Bob Jungels has excelled at the Giro d’Italia, twice winning the best young rider jersey at the Italian Grand Tour. In addition, he also won a stage in 2017.

This year however, the 25-year-old has decided to focus on the Tour de France instead, where he’ll make his first outing since 2015.

“We took the decision to go to the Tour in October, during our first team meeting,” said Jungels, who in his build-up for Le Tour will line up at the start of Tirreno-Adriatico, all three Ardennes Classics and the Critérium du Dauphiné.

“I looked over the parcours and noticed that the first ten days are really tricky, but at the same time present some opportunities for our team. It will be nice to be one of the team’s leaders there and I’ll ride with the hope of doing a good general classification.”

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In his one and only start in the Tour, Jungels finished 27th overall and took a number of top tens in stages in the second half of the race.

“The Tour de France is a different race, very stressful, particularly this year, with the cobbles and the strong wind, so the plan is to take it one step at a time and see where the race leads me.

“The Giro d’Italia showed that I can be with the best and now I am ready to prove I am ready to move forward, and the Tour will be the perfect occasion to do that.”

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