Tour of Luxembourg: Drucker Defends Yellow Jersey on Stage 12. June 2016, Hesperange (LUX) — Road Team
Jempy Drucker successfully defended his yellow jersey on ŠkodaTour de Luxembourg Stage 1 as the race came down to a predicted bunch sprint in Hesperange.
With 7 kilometers to go, the day’s three-rider breakaway were reeled in by the peloton before Lotto Soudal’s Andre Greipel took the stage win in the sprint for the line.
Drucker was in a good position at the end of the race, digging deep in the final meters of the 170.6km stage to cross the line sixth and maintain his place on the top of the General Classification ahead of Maurits Lammertink (Roompot – Oranje Peloton) and BMC Racing Team teammate, Tom Bohli.
Quotes of the day
Sport director, Jackson Stewart said: ““Today was definitely a day for the sprinters for sure. We were happy that the break went away at the start of the stage to take the bonus time on the sprints and then at the end we worked pretty hard with the likes of Lotto Soudal and Orica-GreenEdge to bring everybody back together and get Jempy [Drucker] in the best position that we could for the sprint."
“In terms of the General Classification it was a good scenario for us as no one really took time on Jempy. All the guys are really motivated to protect the jersey and there is a lot of morale in the team because Jempy is really excited to be in the jersey in his home country. You can see a lot of leadership coming from him, he know all the roads and he know when to tell the guys where to be on the road.”
Jempy Drucker said: “It was another good day for me. I am really happy to have defended the yellow jersey especially on home ground. The whole team is super motivated to help me, which I am really thankful for. The guys did a great job today to get in a good position for the sprint, especially [Marcus] Burghardt who rode at the front of the peloton for most of the day. This stage was definitely one for the strong sprinters' teams so I was really happy to be in the mix at the end and to not lose any time over the riders at the top of the GC.”
“It’s great to have the chance to race in Luxembourg, I know the roads well and I think that will be a huge help for me as the race continues and we head onto the climbs. Tomorrow it’s an uphill finish that we did two years ago. It’s pretty hard but I will definitely be giving it everything again!”
ŠkodaTour de Luxembourg (UCI 2.HC)
Stage 1: Luxembourg - Hesperange, 170.6km
Top 3: 1. Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) 2. Adam Blythe (Tinkoff) 3. Amaury Capiot (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise)
BMC Racing Team Top 3:
6. Jempy Drucker
13. Tom Bohli
22. Floris Gerts
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