Drucker Sprints to Fourth Place in Frankfurt1. May 2017, Frankfurt (GER) — Road Team
Jempy Drucker sprinted to fourth place at the UCI WorldTour one-day race Eschborn-Frankfurt 'Rund um den Finanzplatz' after battling the cold and rain throughout the 218.7km race.
The wet conditions made for a tough day of racing but didn’t stop the race from coming down to the predicted bunch sprint won, for the third consecutive year, by Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha-Alpecin).
Eight riders went clear in the first 20km of racing and with a long and cold day ahead, the peloton allowed the group to gain an advantage of more than ten minutes.
The gap was halved with 85km to go and 40km later, the catch was made and a new group of 16 riders, including Silvan Dillier, went clear.
Lack of cooperation saw the race come back together once again on the finishing circuit and with the sprinters’ teams forming their trains, the stage was set for the bunch sprint.
Drucker was joined by Tom Bohli, Dillier and Francisco Ventoso in the reduced peloton vying for the win, but Kristoff proved too strong and crossed the line with a one-second margin and teammate Rick Zabel on his wheel to take second place.
In the sprint for the final podium place, Drucker was just edged out by John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and took fourth place, his best result in a sprint finish this season.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“I could have gone for the last podium spot but John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) closed me a little bit, but I felt that I still had the speed and the legs to pass him. But, fourth is still good, especially after this kind of day. After my break from racing since Paris-Roubaix, it’s good to be up there. The race was a bit of a poker game. When the breakaway went out to ten minutes nobody wanted to take responsibility, but when the breakaway has ten minutes you also have to ride really hard to catch them. When we hit the climbs, it was pretty much full gas for the rest of the race. The last 120km were really fast. I’m pretty happy with my shape and how I survived the climbs. I think my sprint was also good so it’s a good sign for the races to come.”
Valerio Piva, Sports Director:
“It was a really tough day with rain from the start to the finish. You could see how many riders had dropped out because the main group going for the sprint was only about 60 riders. I am happy because the plan was a top five finish and I told the riders in the pre-race meeting that they could all take any opportunity that came up. We wanted to save Jempy Drucker for the final sprint, with the support of Francisco Ventoso, but the rest could keep an eye out for breakaways. The breakaway at the beginning was mostly small teams, and then the perfect move went before the last climb with Silvan Dillier. But, they were caught with 15km to go and it came down to the sprint. Ventoso did good work for Drucker, and we ended up with three guys in the top fifteen. A gap opened up in the final 200 meters but to have Drucker finish fourth is a good result for us here as we didn’t bring our top team.”
Eschborn-Frankfurt 'Rund um den Finanzplatz'
Eschborn > Frankfurt (218.7km)
Top 3: 1. Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha-Alpecin), 2. Rick Zabel (Team Katusha-Alpecin), 3. John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo).
BMC Racing Team top 3: 4. Jempy Drucker, 11. Tom Bohli, 13. Francisco Ventoso