Jungels made a statement in yesterday's time trial, where he was 25 seconds faster than his closest rival. "I'm obviously very pleased with this result. This race was the biggest goal of the first part of my season and I'm happy to be able to deliver."
In the final stage of the race, 180 kilometers between Belvaux and Esch-sur-Alzette, a bunch sprint was to decide on the winner. Patrick Clausen (Glud & Marstrand) won the sprint ahead of Janse Van Rensburg and Tina Thömel.
Adriano Baffi: "Our goal for today was to defend Bob's jersey. We could have sent somebody in the break and let other teams take responsibility, but we decided not to do this and control the race."
When a break of six riders went clear, the team took responsibility. Jungels: "The best placed rider was about four minutes behind me in the overall, so we controlled the gap at around two minutes the whole time. With a bunch sprint looming, other teams gave us a hand."
With Julian Kern in second and Alexandr Pliuschin in seventh, LEOPARD TREK had a very good week in Luxembourg. Baffi: "Flèche du Sud is the most important race in Luxembourg on our level and we started with three Luxembourgish riders. We are 1st, 2nd and 7th in the GC, win the Young Classification and the Team Classification: this is a lot more than what we had hoped for in our wildest dreams. And it was all very deserved!"
Bob Jungels: "I will try to hold on to my shape for the weeks to come. We're doing Paris-Roubaix U23, then I'll do the Tour of Luxembourg with the national team and then there's the national championships. After a well deserved break I will start preparing for the World Championships after that."