Bob Jungels celebrates his victory in the Liège-Bastogne-Liège race in April. Photo: ATP photo agency/Gerard Serstevens
The annual sports awards gala was held on Thursday evening at the Casino 2000 in Mondorf-les-Bains.
Cyclist Bob Jungels was the overwhelming choice of local sports journalists for the male sports personality of the year award. The Quick-Step Floors riders not only won the prestigious Liège-Bastogne-Liège race, but also finished 11th in the Tour de France. Jungels was miles ahead of shot-putter Bob Bertemes in second place and volleyball player Kamil Rychlicki in third.
There was no surprise in the female category either with Christine Majerus winning the most votes for the 4th consecutive year. The cyclist, who rides for the Boels-Dolmans team, won the ITT and road race national championships, and placed fourth in the Cyclocross world championships and the Ladies Tour of Norway.
Tennis player Mandy Minella placed second after her comeback this year and veteran table-tennis player Ni Xia Lian, now 55, was third in the female category.
There was also little doubt about the destination of the team award. F91 Dudelange made football history by becoming the first team from the grand duchy to qualify for the group stage of the Europa League after a string of sterling performances against supposedly better opponents. In the group stages they even had the temerity to take a 2-1 lead against AC Milan in the San Siro before losing the match 2-5.
The national football team, who had a great season and at one staged topped their Nations League table, were second and Ni Xia Lian was again on the podium for her performances with doubles partner Sarah de Nutte after winning bronze at the European championships.
F91’s Dino Toppmöller was the inaugural winner of the coach of the year award, ahead of national football team coach Luc Holtz and Armenia Bielefeld coach Jeff Saibene.
Tennis player Eléonora Molinaro won the best young female athlete and footballer Leandro Barreiro the best young male athlete awards.