BMC Racing Team on the Attack at Ster ZLM Toer19. June 2016, Boxtel (NED) — Road Team
On the final day of racing at Ster ZLM Toer - GP Jan van Heeswijk, three BMC Racing Team riders went on the attack before Jempy Drucker eventually finished seventh behind stage winner, Wim Stroetinga (Parkhotel Valkenburg Cycling Team)
A fast pace was set right from the start of today’s fifth and final stage with the peloton keeping a tight grip on all of the day’s breakaway attempts.
Stefan Küng was the first BMC Racing Team rider to make a move as he joined an early group of 13 riders. However the peloton responded quickly to this attack and they group was quickly caught.
After being in the day’s breakaway yesterday, Joey Rosskopf showed little sign of fatigue as he made a move after the first intermediate sprint of the day. The six-rider group was able to extended the biggest lead of the day but was eventually caught with around 70 kilometres of racing to go.
It was then the turn of Taylor Phinney at the front of the race. With 40 kilometers to go, he made an explosive move off the front of the peloton with three other riders and they were able to maintain their lead right up until the last five kilometers before the race headed for a final bunch sprint.
Quotes of the Day
Sport Director, Jackson Stewart said: “We definitely went all in today! It was tough for everyone, it was a flat stage with no wind and two teams who really wanted to control the race for the finish. We also had a battle going for time bonuses and because of that we definitely set out to be in the action today.”
“Küng tried early in a big, really good move that looked like it good have affected some of the other GC teams but it was quickly pulled back. Joey then went, followed by Phinney and then Drucker was up there for the sprint. It was a pretty dangerous sprint though and the guys didn’t want to take too many risks.”
“Overall I think we rode really well this week. I am happy with the effort from all the riders. Some of the results could have gone our way a bit more but the good signs are that the guys we really strong and raced well we just didn’t get the results we wanted.”
Jempy Drucker said: “It was a tough day today! The pace was really fast all the way to finish and the team really worked hard to be on the attack all day. To have three top ten results at this race is really good. I am feeling in good form right now and hopefully I will be able continue racing hard and keep getting results moving forward.”
Ster ZLM Toer - GP Jan van Heeswijk (UCI 2.1)
Stage 5: Someren - Boxtel, 186.0km
Top 3: 1. Wim Stroetinga (Parkhotel Valkenburg Cycling Team) 2. Dylan Groenewegen (Team Lotto-Jumbo) 3. Sep Vanmarcke (Team Lotto-Jumbo)
BMC Racing Team Top 3:
7. Jempy Drucker
15. Stefan Küng
26. Floris Gerts