Drucker Secures Third Overall at Tour du Poitou-Charentes25. August 2017, Poitiers (FRA) — Road Team
The final day of racing at Tour du Poitou-Charentes saw Brent Bookwalter make the breakaway of the day before Jempy Drucker crossed the line in the reduced peloton to secure third place on the General Classification.
A fast pace was set as soon as the flag dropped at kilometer 0 which prevented any attacks from successfully staying away.
After covering 25km of the 157km stage, Bookwalter went clear with Alberto Cecchin (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia) and was soon joined by Vincenzo Albanese (Bardiani-CSF) to form the breakaway for the majority of the stage.
With a bunch sprint predicted and a relatively short stage on the cards, the peloton kept the trio’s advantage at below three minutes.
After Nathan Van Hooydonck claimed the first intermediate sprint before the breakaway formed, Bookwalter followed suit to take the maximum points at the second sprint with 96km remaining.
In the final 50km the peloton pulled the breakaway to within one minute, which Bookwalter and his companions managed to maintain as they entered the finishing circuit, after Bookwalter won the third intermediate sprint.
The catch was made with 20km to go and despite multiple attacks as soon as the race came back together, the race ultimately came down to the predicted bunch sprint which saw Marc Sarreau (FDJ) take the win.
Drucker sat up before the line to finish with the main group and retain third place overall, 42 seconds behind winners Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo).
Quotes from the Finish Line
“It was pretty nervous because there were some crosswind sections so the bunch was really nervous in the final 5km. It was not an easy day but we managed well. The guys tried to position me well in the finale and I was able to hang onto third place. Normally, I am not going for a General Classification position. I came here to win a stage and in the end, after yesterday morning, I was the only guy from us left to go for the GC. I tried to do a good time trial to stay up in the GC and was able to move into third overall and keep it today. I’m pretty happy with my third place. It’s always good for me to have some opportunities at a race like this and now I’m looking forward to Bretagne this Sunday and the Canadian races. My shape is good, I was always up there in the final, and I did a good time trial. We’ll see what the next races bring.”
“In the first three road stages, the break went quick without much fight. Today it was more of a battle to get in but the small roads and hillier terrain were better suited to us. We had a little bit to protect with Jempy’s top three on GC, but other than that we had the green light to race aggressively, go up the road and put pressure on the others teams. It was a good situation for us. It was disappointing not to have a stronger group to go for it but then again, it’s not every race that we get to try our hand in a small breakaway and go up the road. The three of us were taking equal turns and then the pack started to ramp up the chase in the last 50km, and there were some cross winds and splits.”
“My ambition was make it over the climb in the circuit and try to be there to help Jempy and keep him out of trouble which I think I did pretty well. Now I have five days at home before going to the Tour of Britain. This race was a good transition race from the altitude races in America, and it was good to get some speed and sea level power in the legs. I’m pretty happy with my time trial yesterday so I’m heading in a good direction.”
Valerio Piva, Sports Director:
“Brent Bookwalter was in the breakaway and although it wasn’t a big group, it was good as we didn’t need to ride. The other teams were working for it to come back for a sprint and of course, we had Jempy Drucker in mind. The plan was good and Jempy was confident. I’m not sure what happened in the sprint. Jempy was attacking with 3km to go in a small group so perhaps he didn’t have the energy for the sprint or wasn’t in a good position. It was very windy, especially in the final circuit.”
“Jempy was in great condition which is clear with his third place on GC. The plan was clear that if we arrived to the time trial yesterday with many riders at the same time, we would have different options. But, we lost time in crashes and different parts of the race so it was just Jempy who was in a good position for the GC. Jempy did a fantastic time trial, the whole team did, which is a sign that they are all good. Overall, it is a smaller race and although there were good WorldTour teams here, sometimes it is not easy to compete with the smaller teams. The parcours wasn’t very selective as it was a sprint every day. We did the maximum we could do here.”
Tour du Poitou-Charentes
Stage 3 Roumazières-Loubert › Poitiers (157.8k)
Top 3: 1. Marc Sarreau (FDJ), 2. Elia Viviani (Team Sky), 3. Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)
BMC Racing Team top 3: 14. Jempy Drucker, 37. Martin Elmiger, 47. Joey Rosskopf.
GC Top 3: 1. Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo), 2. Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar), 3. Jempy Drucker (BMC Racing Team).