Underdog Triumph: Bob Jugels Shocks Tour de France with Stage 9 Victory in Swiss Alps

Luxembourg’s Bob Jungels Secures First Stage Win at the 2022 Tour de France

Luxembourg rider Bob Jungels of AG2R Citroen emerged triumphant in Stage 9 of the 2022 Tour de France, showcasing an inspiring and dominant performance during the challenging mountain stage from Aigle to Chatel in the Swiss Alps.

Jungels, who was considered an underdog with +5000 odds or a 50/1 shot to win the stage, surprised the bookies and spectators alike. Breaking away from a group of 21 riders, Jungels left them in his wake and managed to elude any chasing competitors, standing atop the podium for the first time in his career. This remarkable victory comes after a difficult year for Jungels, recovering from multiple surgeries following a crash, while also battling arterial endofibrosis.

Stage 9 Results

  • Bob Jungels (AG2R Citroen) – 4:46:39
  • Jonathan Castroviejo (Ineos Grenadiers) – +0:22
  • Carlos Verona (Movistar) – +0:26

In the general classification standings, Tadej Pogacar of UAE Team Emirates retained the yellow jersey by finishing fifth in Stage 9. Jonas Vingegaard of Jumbo-Visma closely followed him in sixth place, crossing the finish line in Chatel just 49 seconds after Jungels. Vingegaard currently sits 39 seconds behind Pogacar in the overall classification.

Bob Jungels celebrating victory at the finish line in Chatel
An ecstatic Bob Jungels celebrates a victory in Stage 9 of the 2022 Tour de France at the finish line in Chatel on the Swiss border. (Image: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters)

Stage 9: A Challenging Ride from Aigle to Chatel

The peloton faced scorching hot conditions for this particular stage, as they embarked on a scenic 193 km journey from Aigle to Chatel Les Portes du Soleil. This day marked the first true mountain stage of the Tour de France.

As the initial breakaway group built up a 2:17 lead on the peloton at Col de la Croix, it was Jungels who made a daring move during the descent. Taking a calculated risk, he initiated an aggressive attack that provided him with a crucial advantage.

Thibout Pinot of Groupama–FDJ valiantly attempted to chase down Jungels and secure a stage win for his team. Pinot’s decisive move came during the arduous Category 1 ascent of Pas de Morgin, electrifying the passionate French fans lining the route. Nevertheless, Pinot faced difficulties during the descent, while Jungels remained composed and efficiently closed the time gap.

Jungels secured the victory, leaving Pinot behind as he was caught by a chasing group consisting of Jonathan Castroviejo (Ineos) and Carlos Verona (Movistar).

“I’m just overwhelmed,” expressed Jungels. “This is huge, this is what I came here for. I know this means a lot for the team after a couple of years struggling and a very tough last year with surgeries. Also, to take the victory this way – it’s my style of racing, my style of taking victories.”

Pinot ultimately finished in a disappointing fourth place, 40 seconds adrift of Jungels. Castroviejo secured second place with a 22-second gap, while Verona claimed third place in Stage 9.

Preview of Stage 10: Morzine Les Portes du Soleil to Megeve

After a well-deserved rest day on Monday, the riders will resume their quest on Tuesday with Stage 10. This hilly 146 km route from Morzine Les Portes du Soleil to Megeve, set along Lake Geneva, presents four categorized climbs, including Cote de Chevenoz, Col de Jambaz, Cote de Charillon-sur-Cluses, and Montee de L’altiport de Megeve. The stage reaches its conclusion with a challenging 19.2 km Category 2 climb to the formidable Megeve summit.

In the betting odds for Stage 10, Tadej Pogacar is favored at +600, followed by Lennard Kamma at +700. OG favorite Wout van Aert, who emerged victorious in Stage 8, stands at +1000 odds. A resilient Thibout Pinot is listed at +1600 odds for a potential comeback, while Jonas Vingegaard is considered an outsider at +2600 odds for his first stage win this year. Van Aert’s versatility and prowess in these intermediate hilly stages make him a strong contender for claiming a third stage win this summer.

2022 Tour de France – Overall General Classification Standings

  • Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) – 33:43:44
  • Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) – +0:39
  • Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) – +1:17
  • Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) – +1:25
  • David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) – +1:38

Pogacar and Vingegaard continue to occupy the top two positions in the general classification standings. However, Pogacar’s odds currently stand at -250, indicating he is favored to win, while Vingegaard’s odds are +250.

Two Ineos riders, Geraint Thomas and Adam Yates, are still in contention, albeit with some distance to make up. Thomas trails 67 seconds behind the leader, while Yates is 85 seconds adrift in fourth place. David Gaudu of Groupama-FDJ holds fifth place but faces a 98-second deficit.

Neilson Powless from EF Education-EasyPost slipped to ninth overall, 1:55 behind the leader, while Primoz Roglic of Jumbo-Visma climbed to 11th place, trailing Pogacar by 2:52.

Conclusion

Bob Jungels’ sensational victory in Stage 9 of the 2022 Tour de France has introduced a new underdog who defied the odds and triumphed on the challenging Swiss mountain stage. With Pogacar retaining the yellow jersey and Jungels making his mark on the race, the Tour de France continues to captivate both fans and riders. As anticipation builds for Stage 10, featuring a demanding ascent to Megeve, all eyes will be on the peloton as they face another exciting chapter of this prestigious cycling event.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How did Bob Jungels secure his victory in Stage 9?

Jungels made a daring move during the descent, launching an aggressive attack that provided him with a valuable advantage. Although Thibout Pinot attempted to catch up during a difficult climb, Jungels remained composed and ultimately secured the win by closing the time gap on the descent.

2. Who currently holds the yellow jersey in the general classification standings?

Tadej Pogacar of UAE Team Emirates retained the yellow jersey by finishing fifth in Stage 9. He continues to lead the overall classification standings.

3. What can we expect from Stage 10 of the Tour de France?

Stage 10 presents a hilly route from Morzine Les Portes du Soleil to Megeve, featuring several challenging climbs, including a Category 2 ascent to the formidable Megeve summit. Riders will need to showcase their climbing abilities and endurance during this stage.

4. Who are the top contenders for victory in Stage 10?

Tadej Pogacar is the favorite to win Stage 10, followed by Lennard Kamma and Wout van Aert. Thibout Pinot, a resilient rider, and Jonas Vingegaard are also worth watching for potential stage wins.

5. How are the top riders currently positioned in the general classification standings?

Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard occupy the top two positions in the general classification standings. Geraint Thomas and Adam Yates from Ineos Grenadiers, along with David Gaudu of Groupama-FDJ, are also within striking distance, albeit with some time gaps to bridge.

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