Drucker Shows Consistency with Third Vuelta a Burgos Podium Result5. August 2016, Lerma (ESP) — Road Team
Jempy Drucker showed his sprinting consistency on stage 4 of Vuelta a Burgos to cross the line in second place, for the third time in the four stages.
The short 145km stage featured a tricky uphill cobbled run into the finish, before which the peloton had split slightly, leaving a small group to battle for the stage win.
Drucker came up the incline on stage winner Nathan Haas’ wheel but was unable to overtake him in the final meters of the race.
Loïc Vliegen claimed his first top ten result of the race, crossing the line in 7th place, with Samuel Sánchez following behind in 12th.
Drucker’s three podium finishes see him retain his second place in the Sprint Classification going into the final stage, which sees the first summit finish and will likely shake up the General Classification.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“It was the same like the last days. The guys did again a great job and it’s pretty cool to have their belief and support for me. Again, Daniel Oss did a good lead out and put me into first position for the final section, the final 400 meters. I knew it was a bit long so I started at 80 or 90 percent just to have a little bit of reserve. Nathan Haas flew next to me, he had much more speed so I couldn’t react directly. I hoped that he would maybe crack a bit on the final kick with 100 meters to go, but he just kept going and I couldn’t accelerate anymore. My legs were running empty so it was again second place.”
“There was a little path where you could ride without cobblestones, it’s not the real cobbles like in Belgium. But it was still bumpy and pretty rough roads. I haven’t seen the results yet but there are for sure a few gaps and that also explains how hard the final was.”
Max Sciandri, Sports Director:
“We’re trying everyday. The plan again today was to go all in for Jempy Drucker with Loïc Vliegen as a back up but we wanted to concentrate on one rider. It’s a shame Jempy didn’t get the win because he’s been trying so hard everyday and you can see with his three second places that he has the form and the consistency. Daniel Oss hasn’t raced since the Giro d’Italia and his condition is getting better everyday and he’s been doing great lead outs for Jempy.”
“The team has been working well and now we are at the final day tomorrow which will be one for the GC guys. Samuel Sanchez and Ben Hermans will be our guys for the stage, and we’ll hopefully have someone in the breakaway. It all comes down to stage 5.”
Vuelta a Burgos
Stage 4: Aranda de Duero > Lerma (145km)
Top 3: Nathan Haas (Dimension Data), Jempy Drucker (BMC Racing Team), Patrick Bevin (Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team).
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 2. Jempy Drucker, 7. Loïc Vliegen, 12. Samuel Sanchez