Drucker Shows Form Once Again to Take Fourth on Stage 2 in Turkey10. October 2018, Antalya (TUR) — Road Team
Jempy Drucker once again showed his late season form at the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey by sprinting to fourth on stage 2 after a solid display of teamwork from BMC Racing Team in the closing stages of the race.
With no categorized climbing, stage 2 in Turkey was perfectly suited to the sprinters in the race and, just as we saw yesterday, the day’s breakaway was kept under control in anticipation of the fast and furious finish at the end of the 149.6-kilometer course.
The four leaders, who were able to go clear in the first hour of racing, never got the opportunity to extend their advantage beyond two minutes with race leader at the start of the day, Maximiliano Richeze’s Quick-Step Floors teammates setting the pace at the front of the main bunch behind them.
At the halfway mark, the gap was sitting at 1’20” and it continued to fall before, with the peloton not wanting to make the catch too early, it settled at around one minute inside the final 50 kilometers.
BMC Racing Team, once again working for Drucker, was sitting up in the first half of the peloton when the race eventually came back together, and the battle for position began, with just over nine kilometers to go.
The intense pace being set saw the bunch strung out along the road with Paddy Bevin and Tom Bohli leading Drucker up to the front of the race approaching a crucial corner that came just before the flamme rouge.
Drucker looked impressively strong as he lay it all out on the road and launched his sprint early, forcing his rivals to react and in the end, after his late effort, he finished just outside the podium positions in fourth place behind the eventual stage winner, Sam Bennett (BORA-hansgrohe).
Heading into stage 3 tomorrow, Drucker now sits third overall on the General Classification, 12 seconds behind the new race leader, Bennett.
Quotes From the Finish Line:
"It was very chaotic and it was really hard to stay together but we knew that, with the final turn coming just before the one-kilometer to go mark, it was important to stay out of trouble and in front. Tom, Paddy and me lost each other a bit there but I was able to get back into Paddy's wheel and we were able to come up from behind with good speed. However, suddenly the guys came from the left and we lost some of our speed so, I had to restart a little bit and that was when I saw the 300-meter to go sign and said to myself that I would try to go for it and move up."
"I almost finished on the podium again but I got caught just on the line. I think because, like yesterday, the stage leading into the sprint wasn't too hard so everybody is still fresh in the final and that, combined with the big roads, which we can't really complain about, makes everything a bit more hectic. However, that's part of racing and even part of the fun of racing in finishes like this."
Sports Director, Klaas Lodewyck:
“Today went as we expected with a small breakaway going clear and being kept under control by the peloton, their advantage was never more than 2’30”. Our guys stuck together and stayed out of trouble for most of the day before working for Jempy in the final when everything came back together. They did a good job to help Jempy get into a good position and I think we can be happy with fourth on today’s stage.”
Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey
Stage 2: Alanya > Antalya, 149.6km
Top 3: 1. Sam Bennett (BORA-hansgrohe) 2. Álvaro Hodeg (Quick-Step Floors) 3. Simone Consonni (UAE-Team Emirates)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 4. Jempy Drucker 15. Tom Bohli 54. Patrick Bevin