Abu Dhabi Tour Stage 2: Drucker Fifth in Hectic Sprint21. October 2016, Abu Dhabi (UAE) — Road Team
Stage 2 of the Abu Dhabi Tour, a flat and short stage of 115km, came down to an expected bunch sprint won by Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) with Jempy Drucker crossing the line in fifth place.
A six-rider breakaway broke away soon after the peloton reached kilometer 0 but with only 115km of racing ahead, the peloton allowed the group to gain a maximum advantage of just two minutes.
The peloton picked up the chase with 65km remaining but the breakaway forged on and with 10km to go they still had an advantage of more than one minute.
The sprinters’ teams put in a huge effort to chase back and finally made the catch with 400m to go in a nail-biting finish.
Drucker was sitting in Cavendish’s wheel and was right up there in the battle for the win.
Stage 3 sees the race go into the mountains in what will surely decide the general classification before the final circuit stage on stage 4.
Quotes from the Finish Line
It was good. Once again the guys did a good job to bring me into a good position in the last kilometers. Then I went on my own and I made the good choices. I was in the perfect position but then they slowed down a little bit at 300-250m to go and I said ok I’m going to give it a go. I was in Cavendish’ wheel and he won so maybe it would have been better to stay in his wheel but if you don’t try you can’t win.”
“The finals here are pretty chaotic and there is where I always take some positive points out. I don’t really need a lead out train, I only need some guys to position me in the final kilometers and that works pretty well. We have one more chance for a sprint on stage 4.”
Abu Dhabi Tour
Stage 2: Abu Dhabi > Abu Dhabi 115km
Top 3: 1. Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data), 2. Elia Viviani (Team Sky), 3. Andrea Guardini (Astana Pro Team)