Moinard and Drucker in the Top Three in Britain and Spain8. September 2016, Bath (GBR) / Gandia (ESP) — Road Team
Amaël Moinard and Jempy Drucker flew the BMC Racing Team flag at the Tour of Britain and Vuelta a Espana today, both coming home strong to take second and third respectively.
Moinard Second After Thrilling Finale on Stage 5 in Britain
8 September 2016, Bath (GBR)
After a day in the breakaway, Amaël Moinard claimed second place for BMC Racing Team on Tour of Britain Stage 5 behind Jack Bauer (Canondale - Drapac) after an exciting battle for the line.
In what has become typical fashion at the Tour of Britain, it was a very active start to the race with plenty of attacks being reeled back in by the peloton.
Finally, after 40 minutes of racing Moinard made a move off the front of the peloton with four other riders and the group was soon able to carve a significant lead over the peloton which reached a maximum of just under six minutes.
The quintet was working well together and despite the peloton gradually closing the gap, the breakaway went into the final 20km of the race with a lead of 2 minutes.
With 5km Moinard attacked off the front of the group but the race eventually came down to a thrilling final showdown on the finishing straight with Moinard, Bauer and Erick Rowsell (Madison Genesis) able to narrowly hold off the charging peloton to claim the top three spots on the stage after a day out at the front of the race.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“It was a good breakaway group with five strong riders and we went at the top of the climb after a really hard and fast start. I think we were working really well as a bunch and at the end when the peloton was coming really close I knew I didn’t want to have any regrets on the line. I wanted to give everything today to get the win and I thought even if I don’t win I want to leave it all out there on the road”
“Of course I would have preferred to win but I am happy with second as I gave it my all and I couldn’t have done anymore. I was feeling good but Bauer also looked strong and he is fast on the line so I knew my best chance would be to gamble a little bit and attack earlier. I tried and in that way I’m pretty happy.”
Tour of Britain
Stage 5: Aberdare - Bath, 194.5km
Top 3: 1. Jack Bauer (Canondale - Drapac) 2. Amaël Moinard (BMC Racing Team) 3. Erick Rowsell (Madison Genesis)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 2. Amaël Moinard 32. Rohan Dennis 51. Taylor Phinney
BMC Racing Team Top 3 on GC: 11. Rohan Dennis, 36. Amaël Moinard, 38. Loïc Vliegen
Vuelta a Espana: Drucker Third in Hectic Bunch Sprint
8 September, 2016, Gandia (ESP)
It was a quiet day of racing for the peloton on stage 18 of the Vuelta a Espana until a hectic bunch sprint played out in Gandia which saw Jempy Drucker cross the line in third place.
A 5-rider breakaway went clear after 6km of racing, and with no riders posing a threat to the General Classification the peloton was happy to let the group establish a solid advantage of more than six minutes.
As the race approached the last 80km the sprinters’ teams started to pick up the pace and slowly brought the breakaway back, with the catch taking place with 11km to go.
Drucker was right up there in the sprint and looked set to take the win in the final 100m before fading slightly just before the line. It was Drucker’s fourth top ten result in this year’s Vuelta a Espana.
There was no change to the Samuel Sanchez’ seventh place on the General Classification and BMC Racing Team continue to lead the team classification.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“I saw the sign at 200m to go and I thought I have to go otherwise I’ll get boxed in or I don’t know what will happen, so I wanted to have my own sprint. It was a little bit early but not so many guys passed me anymore. Of course [I’m confident about Madrid], if I look at yesterday I spent a lot of energy at the front of the bunch which maybe also cost me the victory today. But before Madrid we’ve still got the TT and another hard day on Saturday, so I hope I can make it to Madrid and go for another sprint there.”
Vuelta a Espana
Stage 18: Requena > Gandia (200.6km)
Top 3: 1. Magnus Cort (Orica BikeExchange), 2. Nikias Arndt (Team Giant-Alpecin), 3. Jempy Drucker (BMC Racing Team)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 3. Jempy Drucker, 37. Samuel Sanchez, 56. Ben Hermans.
BMC Racing Team Top 3 on GC: 7. Samuel Sanchez, 15. Ben Hermans, 40. Darwin Atapuma
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