Drucker Wins Opening Prologue in Luxembourg1. June 2016, Luxembourg City (LUX) — Road Team
It was a fitting end to the ŠkodaTour de Luxembourg prologue with Luxembourg rider, Jempy Drucker taking victory and claiming the first leader’s jersey of the race.
Wet and slippery conditions made the short, technical course even more challenging for riders but Drucker was able to battle the weather to set and early benchmark of 4’20 which was unmatched by any other rider along the 2.9km course.
Tom Bohli was also in the mix at the top of the leaderboard as he finished third, 4 seconds back.
Winner’s Interview with Jempy Drucker
How does it feel to win the prologue in Luxembourg?
"It's nice! I have't won many races yet so I feel really happy to win today. It's even better to win in Luxembourg as don't get a lot of chances to race here so to do a good prologue and go into the leader's jersey is great."
What does it mean to go into tomorrow’s stage wearing the leader’s jersey?
"It definitely gives me an extra boost going into tomorrow's stage as well as looking forward to the rest of the week knowing that I will be wearing the leader's jersey. It's a late night tonight but it's the same for everyone so there is no disadvantage. We just have to rest up and prepare as best we can for tomorrow."
The conditions were challenging out on the road, did that affect you at all?
"For me, it wasn't too bad that it was raining and wet as I am come from a cyclo-cross background. I know how to turn fast, keep up good speed and handle the bike well which was really important for me today. I left it all out there on the road and thankfully it paid of with the win."
Sport director, Jackson Stewart said: "We were a bit worried about the weather but as it turned out every rider had to ride in the rain so it made everyone a little bit nervous. Jempy took some good lines and he really knew his maximum effort on the cobbled climb. I think he timed everything really well and it was same with [Tom] Bohli, and the rest of the guys really."
"When it's wet you have to have another level of good bike handling skills and that's one of Jempy's strengths he is just an amazing bike handler. This prologue met exactly what he could do physically and combined with his knowledge of the roads and turns, he had everything he needed to do well. There is definitely a good morale amongst the team and now we have a jersey to try and defend so we will see how it goes from here."
ŠkodaTour de Luxembourg (UCI 2.HC)
Prologue: Luxembourg - Luxembourg, 2.9km
Top 3: 1. Jempy Drucker (BMC Racing Team) 2. Maurits Lammertink (Roompot Oranje Peloton) 3. Tom Bohli (BMC Racing Team)
BMC Racing Team Top 3:
1. Jempy Drucker
3. Tom Bohli
17. Philippe Gilbert
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