The LEOPARD TREK rider was the strongest in the 46th edition of 'Paris-Roubaix Espoirs' (UCI 1.2U), a 180,7 km race between Péronne and the velodrome in Roubaix. After an attack from an elite group on the pave de Cysoing, 26 kilometers from the finish, Jungels soloed to victory on the legendary velodrome of Roubaix.
Jungels: "I'm super happy with this victory. It's just insane. Paris-Roubaix is the biggest, most appealing race in cycling and for us U23 riders it's equally a very big deal. I wasn't too sure about how I would go on the cobbles, because I'm lighter this year than before because of my focus on climbing, but it went very well. My time trial skills have certainly helped me when I was alone at the front."
Adriano Baffi: "This is a great day for our team. Everyone was riding perfectly today. We wanted to save our energy in the first part of the race, to be able to ride the finale as fresh as possible. It's a guess, because you never know how the race will develop, but it was the right one."
30 kilometers in the race, a break of 14 riders broke away from the peloton. Baffi: "We didn't have a rider in that break, but that was ok, because Oliver Hofstetter joined a chase group that formed later in the race. He would be an excellent help when Bob's time to rumble was there."
When the race entered the decisive cobblestone section, Bob Jungles bridged across to Hofstetter's group with a handful of other riders. There, Oliver Hofstetter awaited his leader. Soon after that, Hofstetter attacked the break with Jungels in his wheel. With six other riders, they made a gap to the chasing group. Baffi: "Oliver was very strong today and after he had brought Bob to the front of the race, his job was done. Bravo!"
On the pave de Cysoing, Jungels, for the occasion on the brand new Trek Domane that Trek specially developed for the cobbles of Roubaix, attacked his fellow breakaway companions and stormed solo to Roubaix. Jungels: "I attacked on the same spot as where I was dropped when I was riding this race as a junior - just for the fun of it. Rushing to the finish alone was pain, pain and more pain, but I feel just amazing now. I has goosebumps on my arms when riding to Roubaix. Head down, I didn't even see the signs that would tell me how much there was left. The motorbike gave me some split times: 30 seconds, 50 seconds, one minute, one-and-a-half minute, two minutes. So I knew I was going well, even though the pain was incredible. A special thanks to TREK, who made the best bike for this kind of work. The Domane rocks!"
Pit Schlechter was LEOPARD TREK's second best finisher, in 12th place.
Jungels looks back with great satisfaction at the first part of his season. "After winning 'Trytique', then the time trial and the overall in Flèche du Sud and now this beautiful win today, I'm very happy with how the season has been going. Our team is flying and the morale is very high. Adriano is doing a great job with our team and we are all very proud to wear the LEOPARD TREK jersey. I will ride the Tour of Luxembourg with the national team next, but without any specific goal. After that, I'll take a break and start preparing for the Worlds."
Paris-Roubaix Espoirs has in the past been won by champions as Stephen Roche, Thor Hushovd, Yaroslav Popovich and in recent years Taylor Phinney.