Second Top Ten Finish for Drucker at Ster ZLM Toer18. June 2016, La Gileppe (Jalhay) (BEL) — Road Team
The action moved to Belgium on what was dubbed as the Ster ZLM Toer - GP Jan van Heeswijk Queen Stage, with Joey Rosskopf spending the day in the breakaway and Jempy Drucker finish ninth behind stage winner and new race leader, Sep Vanmarcke (Team Lotto-Jumbo)
After several breakaway attempts, a group of ten riders, including Rosskopf, made a successful move off the front of the peloton early into the 186 kilometer stage.
Their advantage seemed to be kept under control by the peloton, never reaching beyond 2’30”. With 50 kilometers to go, attacks started to come from inside the breakaway and Vegard Stake Laengen (IAM Cycling) eventually made a solo effort at the front of the race.
With the regrouped peloton setting a fast pace behind him, Laengen was eventually caught before Vanmarcke took victory in a reduced bunch sprint.
After a long day of climbing, Taylor Phinney moved out of the top ten on the General Classification, while Stefan Küng sits eighth and Jempy Drucker moved into ninth as we head into tomorrow’s final stage.
Quotes of the Day
Sport director, Jackson Stewart said: “It was definitely part of the plan to put Joey in today’s move. We wanted to keep the pressure on the other teams and wanted to make it a hard race today, and we certainly did that. The final climb made it a tricky sprint for the line and prove difficult for a lot of the riders in the peloton after a long day of racing.”
Jempy Drucker said: “It was pretty much up and down all day with some really good racing especially as we made our way onto the final short climb. Ninth is definitely not a bad result but I was just too far back when Vanmarcke made his move and I just couldn’t close the gap to the front. I am feeling in good shape right now! I felt good at Tour of Luxembourg and I am happy that I have been able to continue racing in that shape here.”
Joey Rosskopf said: "Before the stage we set out a plan to race aggressively which included having someone in the break and then also trying our luck with some late race attacks. It was a hard uphill start, but I was pleased to make it into the break. I've been a little unsure of my form following the Giro last month, so it also felt great to get out in front and have a chance to push myself. The field never let us get more than two and a half minutes, so I think it made for a pretty hard day all around, break and peloton alike.
"As we were getting caught with 15 kilometers to go it was also great to see Stefan fly by me off the front of the field, carrying out the next step of the team's plan. It may have not worked out perfectly this time, but it's always good to see everyone racing hard."
Ster ZLM Toer - GP Jan van Heeswijk (UCI 2.1)
Stage 4: Hotel Verviers - La Gileppe (Jalhay), 186.0km
Top 3: 1. Sep Vanmarcke (Team Lotto-Jumbo) 2. Wout Van Aert (Crélan-Vastgoedservice) 3. Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise)
BMC Racing Team Top 3:
9. Jempy Drucker
24. Floris Gerts
29. Stefan Küng