Second Place for Drucker in Vuelta a Burgos Stage 3 Bunch Sprint4. August 2016, Villarcayo (ESP) — Road Team
The longest stage of the Vuelta a Burgos saw a repeat performance from Jempy Drucker in the bunch sprint to claim second place for the second time in this year’s edition.
The top three was the exact replica from stage 1 with Danny Van Poppel (Team Sky) taking the win ahead of Drucker and Gianni Meersman (Etixx-Quick Step) rounding out the podium.
Although three category 3 climbs were on the cards, including the toughest of the three in the final 25km, it wasn’t enough for the breakaway to hold off the sprinters’ teams.
Three remaining riders of the day’s five-rider breakaway were reeled in with 30km to go, followed by a short-lived attack from four riders and Loïc Vliegen who bridged to the group.
The sprint trains caught the five riders 11km before the line, setting the stage for the bunch sprint and Drucker’s second podium result in three days.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“The final climb was pretty hard so I had to get over that but I managed to which was good. Then the guys did a really good job to keep me in front in the last 10km. I was in Daniel Oss’ wheel and I got a little bit boxed in with 800 meters to go so I had to brake and I lost his wheel. So then I had to make an effort already before the final turn to put me back into Van Poppel’s wheel. In the final corner his wheel slipped a bit which made me hesitate a bit and he directly had 10 meters and I couldn’t close it anymore. But it all went pretty well and I think the strongest won. We will see what tomorrow is going to bring.”
Max Sciandri, Sports Director:
“It was all in again for Jempy Drucker today. The total climbing meters weren’t really enough and even that last climb, although it reduced the size of the peloton, didn’t make a huge difference on the stage so we thought it would come down to a bunch sprint again. The guys worked well on the final climb and pretty much all came over in the front group and then Loic Vliegen jumped in the move with Alberto Contador (Tinkoff). We were pretty on it the whole day. Jempy did a good sprint and the team worked well, so I think we can be happy with second place.”
“Tomorrow’s finale has a bit of a kick up towards the finish with some cobbles so it could be pretty well-suited to Jempy again. We’ll have a good look at it and see as it’s going to be pretty tough to get there at the front.”
Vuelta a Burgos
Stage 3: Sedano > Villarcayo (198km)
Top 3: Danny Van Poppel (Team Sky), Jempy Drucker (BMC Racing Team), Gianni Meersman (Etixx-Quick Step).
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 2. Jempy Drucker, 29. Ben Hermans, 45. Samuel Sanchez