Bob Jungels: "You must always believe in yourself
"I am happy to have finished this Tour de France, without illness or problems and to be twelfth in the general classification with a stage win. It was a Tour de France with no downtime, no time to rest. We had to fight hard and not give up. I will keep in memory the stage of Châtel and this success so important after all that I had gone through. It wasn't easy to take on the role of leader after Ben O'Connor's retirement, but I fought to take up the challenge. Then I tried to take my chances, to go in a breakaway as it was the case in the stage of Mende but I did not succeed.
A year ago, I was commenting on the last time trial on Radio Télé Luxembourg, a few days after my operation. It's a pleasure to be here. It's a relief and it's a sign that you should always believe in yourself. That's the most important thing in life."[/su_quote]
The number: 21
Bob Jungels' victory in Châtel on the ninth stage of the Tour de France was the 21st Tour de France win in the team's history.
"With Bob's victory in Châtel, following the longest solo breakaway in the Tour since 2006, Bob lived up to expectations.
In addition to this magnificent success, Bob Jungels fought every day to keep his 12th place in the overall classification. He did the team proud by taking on the role of leader. He didn't give up. If we take into account all our misadventures, we can be satisfied with the behavior of our three riders in the race to Paris. Without its best climbers, the AG2R CITROËN team was not able to influence the race as it had hoped, but the result is positive," said Vincent Lavenu, general manager of the AG2R CITROËN team.