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Retro PEZ Talk: Quick-Step’s Bob Jungels
Retro PEZ Talk: Bob Jungels has been leading the 2017 Giro d'Italia and the 24 year old has been impressing many with his riding. PEZ-man Ed Hood spotted a 17 year old Jungels when he won the World Junior time trial championships, here is what the young Luxemburger had to say back in 2010.

Messina - Italia - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -Bob Jungels (LUX - QuickStep - Floors) pictured during team stage 5 of the Giro D’Italia 2017 from Pedara to Messina, 157.00 km - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2017

In the 100th Giro, Bob Jungels has not only been showing his strength to gain the pink jersey, but also he has helped his Quick-Step teammate, Fernando Gaviria, to his two stage wins. Ed caught up with a very young time trial World champion in 2010, the same year Fabian Cancellara won the Elite test and Taylor Phinney was the Under 23 champ.

PEZ: you did 28.5 kilometers in 40 minutes to win the world junior TT title, that's 52 kph - how did you train to go so fast on the day?
The Training for the World's was pretty hard and long. I started with it about 2 months ahead of the Worlds. I spent a lot of time on my TT bike, even in the mountains. I did two training camps, the first one in the Alps with my road bike and the other one in Germany with my time trial bike. Finally I did a stage race in Germany two weeks ahead of the world's. So I did not so much races but just improved my shape by training.

PEZ: Who coaches you?
I have 3 coaches, my dad, Christian Swietlik (National team coach) and Lucien Didier who's my personal coach.

There was another rider from Luxembourg that was once a champion in all three major disciplines. Andy Schleck ring a bell?

PEZ: You are Luxembourg junior TT, road and cyclo cross champion.
I think that junior cycling is not as competitive as in other countries, but we have a lot of good riders in every discipline.

Jungels is a threat on three different bikes: road, time trial, and cross.

PEZ: What's your favorite event and why?
My favorite discipline is the TT, because it's individual. You have nobody who can help you, it's just you and your bike.

PEZ: Your position on the Cervelo is excellent, how did you achieve it?
I did a lot of tests to find which position is the best one for me. I visited a wind tunnel but I did also a lot of tests during training, just about my feeling on my bike.

PEZ: Did the Luxembourg media get excited about your win?
Yes, of course, Luxembourg is a little country and so every newspaper published my victory.

PEZ: Have any pro teams been on the phone?
Yes, some teams are interested.

What's not to smile about for Bob Jungels?

PEZ: Your website,, is very professional.
Yes, there is an agency, which has done my website.

PEZ: How big an influence are the Sclecks upon you?
They have a huge influence on me. It's just fantastic when you see a Luxembourgish young cyclist like Andy for five days in yellow at the Tour de France. And I'm sure that Frank would also have done a very nice result had he not crashed out. So for me it's a big motivation to continue training and to believe in myself.

Jungels topped the recent Junior Worlds podium over Sacha and American Lawson Craddock.

PEZ: Do you still attend college?
Yes, I'm still going to school; I have two more years to go.

Copenhagen - Denmark - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Championat du Monde route - World Championships road - Wereldkampioenschap op de weg - TT - Time Trial - Contre Le Montre tijdrijden - tijdrit - Espoirs - U 23 beloften - Bob Jungels (Luxemburg) - foto Wessel van Keuk/Cor Vos ©2011

PEZ: You are only 17, but have been a serious cyclist for ten years - do you worry about 'burning out?'
No, not at all. My coaches are very professional and they know what to do.

At 17, it's hard to imagine where Jungels will be in 10 years, but you could do worse than bet that he'll be racing in the ProTour.

PEZ: And your main goal?
To be a professional cyclist.

At the time, Ed Hood said: "just 17 - The next Cancellara? Time will tell." Not far off the mark there, Ed!

Messina - Italia - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Bob Jungels (LUX - QuickStep - Floors) pictured during team stage 5 of the Giro D’Italia 2017 from Pedara to Messina, 157.00 km - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2017

It was November 2005 when Ed Hood first penned a piece for PEZ, on US legend Mike Neel. Since then he's covered all of the Grand Tours and Monuments for PEZ and has an article count in excess of 1,500 in the archive. He was a Scottish champion cyclist himself - many years and kilograms ago - and still owns a Klein Attitude, Dura Ace carbon Giant and a Fixie. He and fellow Scot and PEZ contributor Martin Williamson run the Scottish site where more of his musings on our sport can be found.


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