Drucker Moves into Third Overall After Double Day of Racing in France24. August 2017, Neuville-de-Poitou (FRA) — Road Team
Jempy Drucker put in two strong performances on day three at Tour du Poitou-Charentes to move into third overall after riders tackled both a 94.7km road race as well as a 20.6km time trial, which saw five BMC Racing Team riders in the top ten.
With just 94.7km of racing to cover on stage 3, the peloton kept a watchful eye on the front of the race, holding the early three-rider breakaway at around 1’30”.
At the 20km to go mark, the peloton trailed by just one minute and on the two tricky gravel sections, the leaders were pulled back even further. Eventually, the speed of the chase saw the main bunch split in two, and the catch was finally made with just 4km remaining.
Only around 50 riders were left in the front group as the battle for position began and with a crash just before the flamme rouge upsetting the run into the line, it was a hectic final sprint.
In the end, Elia Viviani (Team Sky) took the win and regained the leader’s jersey while Drucker once again proved his strength by powering to third on the line and moving into sixth on the General Classification, 20 seconds behind Viviani as the focus shifted to the stage 4 time trial.
BMC Racing Team put in a dominant performance over the second half of the day and, as the final riders began to roll off the ramp, it was Martin Elmiger who had the time to beat after powering around the course and stopping the clock at 23’59”.
In the end, only two riders could better this time with Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) taking the second win of the day in 23’25” ahead of Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar Team) and Elmiger.
Drucker, who was looking to move up the General Classification as he began his effort, was one of the last riders to head out onto the course and he settled into his rhythm quickly.
After setting the fifth fastest time at the intermediate checkpoint, the Luxembourg national time trial champion, dug deep over the final kilometers to post the fourth-fastest time (24’00”) and move into third overall on the General Classification, 42 seconds behind the new race leader, Pedersen.
Miles Scotson, who spent some time in the hot seat earlier in the stage, Joey Rosskopf and Brent Bookwalter also put in solid performances over the 20.6km course and finished sixth, seventh and ninth respectively.
Quotes From the Finish Line
“After today, I can definitely say that my shape is good. I am actually a little surprised about the time trial, but it shows that my condition is there and also riding as national champion gave me a lot of motivation. I wanted to do a good performance. I knew that 20km was still a distance where I could produce a good result. I was really the only guy still in the GC for us so I wanted to give it a good go, and I am happy that my legs responded well.”
“Of all the stages so far, I think tomorrow is probably the one that suits me the best. It is a little bit uphill. We will say how the race goes and I definitely want to try to win a stage here.”
“A few minutes before I started, I thought that this is probably the last time trial that I will do in my professional cycling career, so I wanted to give everything. I started full gas, maybe a little too fast, and I just tried to keep it going until the end. It was a fast parcours, and I am happy with the result. I knew that riders like Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar Team) would be faster than me. He is super aero. I have no regrets at all.”
“The final circuit tomorrow is never easy. You need a strong team, and we have to try something. I remember from previous years that there can be some crosswinds in the circuit. The race isn’t over, and we will definitely try something. We will work for Jempy Drucker, and he has shown that he is in good shape here. We haven’t given him the best lead-out here so far, so hopefully, we can do a great job tomorrow.”
Sports Director, Valerio Piva:
“I am really happy with the performance of the whole team today. This morning we finished third with Jempy Drucker and this afternoon we finished third, fourth, sixth, seventh and ninth. It was a very good team performance. Everyone was very strong, and now Jempy is third on the GC. Tomorrow is another good stage for him, and everyone is motivated to try again and see what we can do for him. We knew we had strong time trialists coming into this race and today we showed that we have a good group of riders here.”
Tour du Poitou-Charentes
Stage 3: Vouillé > Neuville-de-Poitou, 94.7km
Top 3: 1. Elia Viviani (Team Sky) 2. Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) 3. Jempy Drucker (BMC Racing Team)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 3. Jempy Drucker 48. Brent Bookwalter 50. Nathan Van Hooydonck
Stage 4/ITT: Mirebeau > Neuville-de-Poitou, 20.6km
Top 3: 1. Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) 2. Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar Team) 3. Martin Elmiger (BMC Racing Team)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 3. Martin Elmiger 4. Jempy Drucker 6. Miles Scotson