Drucker Sixth in Giro d’Italia Stage 13 Bunch Sprint18. May 2018, Nervosa della Battaglia (ITA) — Road Team
With the big mountains looming this weekend, the peloton made the most of the flat terrain on stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia, letting a breakaway go clear before bringing them back for the expected bunch sprint, which saw Jempy Drucker sprint to sixth place.
In a repeat of stage 12, five riders went clear in the opening 10km of racing and gained a maximum advantage of four minutes.
With a close battle playing out in the sprint classification, the sprinters’ teams kept the group close and slowly started to pull them back throughout the 180km stage.
Rohan Dennis, who started the day in seventh place overall, stayed out of trouble and was well protected by his teammates in preparation for the General Classification battle to come on Saturday and Sunday.
The breakaway managed to hang on until 6.5km to go but once the peloton made the catch, the stage was set for a bunch sprint. Drucker moved up to a good position at the front of the bunch and made his way from wheel to wheel to sprint to sixth place behind stage winner Elia Viviani (Quickstep-Floors).
The focus turns to the big mountains on stage 14 with the famous Zoncolan summit finish coming after four categorized climbs, in what will be a tough day of racing.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“I went pretty well over the climb. I feel better and better. I was in a good position for the last kilometers in Van Poppel’s wheel and then they started the sprint pretty early with about 350m to go. I was waiting because there was a little headwind and maybe I was waiting a little bit too much. Then I got overtaken by other guys. For me, it’s good to be up there again. I saw today that I miss a bit of the sprint instinct. it’s been a while since I have done a sprint for victory. But I think it’s a good sprint to build on again. There are other chances and it’s nice with Jurgen Roelandts we share the sprints, so it’s fun. It was good to be up there again.”
Stage 13 Ferrara > Nervosa della Battaglia (180km)
Top 3: 1. Elia Viviani (Quickstep-Floors), 2. Sam Bennett (BORA-hansgrohe), 3. Danny Van Poppel (Team LottoNL-Jumbo)
BMC Racing Team top 3: 6. Jempy Drucker, 38. Jurgen Roelandts, 64. Francisco Ventoso