Drucker Sprints to Fifth on Final Day in Abu Dhabi23. October 2016, Abu Dhabi (UAE) — Road Team
Jempy Drucker showed his sprinting consistency with his third top ten result at the Abu Dhabi Tour, when he sprinted to fifth place on stage 5.
The final of four days of racing saw the peloton tackle 143km on the F1 Yas Island Circuit with 26 laps of the 5.5km course.
A breakaway went clear in the opening laps and maintained a steady 1’30” advantage before the peloton picked up the chase with ten laps to go.
Despite the hard chase the gap remained over one minute going into the final 20km of racing, during which time Floris Gerts attacked to gain a small advantage over the peloton with two other riders.
As the breakaway crossed the line with one lap remaining the peloton was on their heels and the race came back together for a fast and furious final lap.
Drucker was well positioned in the final kilometer but was unable to overtake eventual winner Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) and settled for fifth place on the line.
The Abu Dhabi Tour concludes the 2016 season for BMC Racing Team.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“Floris Gerts, Michael Schaer and Greg Van Avermaet did a perfect job in the final lap to position me well, and keep me out of trouble. It was really perfect teamwork. Into the last corner with 200m to go I had to go on the outside as there were guys on the inside which wasn’t so good. In the end I was up there in the sprint. The field of sprinters here is pretty big so I’m really happy to have had the confidence from the team in my ability to go for the sprint.”
“For sure winning a stage at the Vuelta a Espana is a big memory of the season. Winning a Grand Tour stage is something really special so to have achieved that this year is great. I really like that the team have supported me so much. I really tried to work hard on my sprinting in training so it’s nice to get some results. When you focus on it and it comes through, it’s a nice feeling.”
Yvon Ledanois, Sports Director:
“I can say that I am honestly super happy with everyone today because they all crossed the finish line happy themselves, which was the goal. I said to them before the race that of course the objective was to go for the sprint with Jempy but I wanted them to enjoy their final race of the year. Everyone had a good go today, either by attacking or doing some great work to put Jempy in a good position. I think that this has been the theme throughout the four stages and now we have finished the 2016 season. The riders all deserve a good break and then it will be time to focus on 2017.”
Abu Dhabi Tour
Stage 4: Abu Dhabi > Abu Dhabi (143km)
Top 3: 1. Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data), 2. Giacomo NIzzolo (Trek Segafredo), 3. Elia Viviani (Team Sky).
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