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Binck Bank Tour Opens with a Bunch Sprint in Bolsward

13. August 2018, Bolsward (NED) — Road Team

Jempy Drucker was BMC Racing Team’s first rider across the line on stage 1 of Binck Bank Tour. (C) Chris Auld Photography

Heavy rain greeted the riders on the opening day of racing at Binck Bank Tour which ultimately came down to a bunch sprint that saw Jempy Drucker test his legs in the closing meters of the stage.

As predicted, the race came back together in the closing kilometers of stage 1 for a fast and furious finale in Bolsward which was only made more chaotic by the wet weather and slippery conditions.

The day’s six-rider breakaway was sitting around 3’40” ahead of the peloton, where all seven BMC Racing Team riders sat comfortably, as the race crossed the start line in Heerenveen for the second time after the opening 29km loop, of the 177.3km course.

The leaders’ advantage was kept relatively under control over the next 70km or so but by the time the breakaway reached the start of the first of three laps of the 20.2km finishing circuit, the gap to the main bunch had peen pulled back to inside 1’50".

Despite the rain bouncing off the road, the peloton continued to push hard behind the breakaway and as the bell rang to mark the start of the final lap, less than one minute separated the two groups with the four remaining leaders eventually caught with 13km to go.

The stage was then set for the bunch sprint and while one rider tried their luck at the front of the race, the tempo being set by the sprinters’ teams ensured that race was all together going under the flamme rouge.

After spotting an opening in the closing meters of the race, Drucker tested his legs by launching his sprint early before eventually being swept up with Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Floors) taking the win ahead of Marcel Kittel (Team Katusha-Alpecin) and Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-SCOTT).

Drucker was able to hold his form however and in the end, he was BMC Racing Team’s first rider across the line, finishing inside the top twenty.

Greg Van Avermaet and the rest of his BMC Racing Team teammates also crossed the line safely ahead of tomorrow’s time trial.

Quotes From the Finish Line:

Jempy Drucker:

“It was pretty dangerous today with the wet conditions and also the parcours had a lot of road furniture and turns. I gambled a bit in the end when I had a good opening inside the final kilometer. I decided to just go for it and maybe it was too early but I thought with the tailwind it might be good to try something. I was on the left side and the guys closed in on me from the right and I lost some of my speed. There are still more opportunities to come and I showed today that I am in good shape and that I am motivated.”

Greg Van Avermaet:

“I’m happy to get today’s stage out of the way after coming into the race from the European Road Race Championships yesterday. For sure, Glasgow was a hard race and I was disappointed about the result as it was a big goal of mine and I lost out on a good breakaway so, I couldn’t really show what I had in my legs. Today, my head was not completely here but we will keep looking forward and see how I feel over the next couple of days. I think tomorrow’s time trial will be important and I think after that we will be able to see who is looking good.”

“The weather today obviously made the race nervous but this is Binck Bank Tour so, it’s always nervous. I’ve now had rain two days in a row so, I was used to it already. It was a nervous race today but I think everyday will be like that here.”

Sports Director, Valerio Piva:

“Today was supposed to be a sprinters’ stage and that’s what we saw. At the start we were looking out for any big moves but in the end, we stayed in a good position in the bunch as at the halfway point of the day, along the coastal roads, there was the chance that we would see some crosswinds. However that section didn’t prove to be dangerous so we stayed calm in the bunch. We wanted to try to get Jempy into a good position for the sprint while the rest of the guys stayed out of trouble and recovered, particularly Greg after yesterday’s race, ahead of the stage 2 time trial. The weather definitely added more difficulty to the stage and we saw some crashes along the way, one involving Jempy but it was nothing serious, so, it was good that all of our guys crossed the line safely.”

Race Profile

Binck Bank Tour

Stage 1: Heerenveen > Bolsward, 177.3km

Top 3: 1. Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Floors) 2. Marcel Kittel (Team Katusha-Alpecin) 3. Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-SCOTT).

BMC Racing Team Top 3: 15. Jempy Drucker 39. Stefan Küng 51. Loïc Vliegen 

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