Bunch Sprint Battle in Italy After Fast Day of Racing at GP Bruno Beghelli25. September 2016, Monteveglio (ITA) — Road Team
BMC Racing Team continued their series of one-day races in Italy with today’s GP Bruno Beghelli which saw the race come down to a predicted bunch sprint and Jempy Drucker finishing just outside the top ten.
A group of seven riders defined the early stages of the race when they were able to escape off the front of the peloton and carve out an advantage of 4 minutes and 10 seconds over the peloton after 80km of racing.
As the finish line drew closer the advantage of the breakaway began to fall and by the time the race reached the final 30km of the day, the bunch was brought back together.
Attacks quickly followed with a group of 12 riders going clear off the front of the peloton before a front group of 43 riders formed and headed towards a bunch sprint.
Eventually it was Nicola Ruffoni (Bardiani - CSF) who was quickest on the line, edging out Filippo Pozzato (Wilier - Southeast) and Jens Keukeleire (ORICA-BikeExchange) to take the win.
Drucker was in the mix as the race reached its pinnacle on the finishing straight but a crash with 30km to go saw him isolated at the front and despite fighting for a good position going into the sprint he crossed the line in 12th place. BMC Racing Team move on to their next Italian one-day race Tre Valli Varesine on Tuesday.
Quotes from the Sports Director’s Car
“It was a fast race today and we knew that traditionally GP Bruno Beghelli comes down to a sprint so we came into the day with Jempy as our sprinter. As a team we really took on the race when Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) dropped out at around 120km to go. With the break 4 minutes in front we put a couple of guys up front to keep them within a manageable time limit.”
“After that there was three big crashes and unfortunately the crash at 30km, which Floris Gerts was caught up in, saw the peloton split with around 30 riders in the front group. We only had Jempy in that group so we were a little bit cut off when ORICA-BikeExchange started to put down the hammer. This meant that Jempy was on his own and that isn't the best circumstance to be in going into a sprint but he definitely gave it his best shot.”
“I feel like everyone rode pretty well today and it is a good sign for the rest of our races in Italy but we are looking for real results here and that means winning races. Unfortunately that didn’t happen today but we will keep working hard and racing competitively to hopefully make that happen.”
GP Bruno Beghelli
One-day race / 196.3km
Top 3: 1. Nicola Ruffoni (Bardiani - CSF) 2. Filippo Pozzato (Wilier - Southeast) 3. Jens Keukeleire (ORICA-BikeExchange)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 12. Jempy Drucker 44. Rick Zabel 46. Marcus Burghardt