Dubai Tour: Drucker Moves into 4th After Day in the Breakaway1. February 2017, Ras Al Khaimah (U.A.E) — Road Team
Jempy Drucker has moved into fourth place on the General Classification at the Dubai Tour after picking up six bonus seconds in the breakaway.
It was a battle to make the breakaway on stage 2, which was 186km of flat terrain, and Drucker found himself in the best position of the BMC Racing Team riders to eventually form part of the five-rider move.
With two intermediate sprints in the first 100km, Drucker won both to pick up the maximum six bonus seconds on offer.
With a bunch sprint expected, Drucker made his way back to the peloton to save energy before the finale.
Despite solid teamwork in the final 10km to position Drucker well, he was boxed in during the messy sprint and finished in 11th place on the stage. The six bonus seconds were enough to move Drucker up from tenth place overall to fourth place with three stages remaining.
Silvan Dillier sits in ninth place on the General Classification.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“I’m not the fastest sprinter so it’s difficult to gain bonus seconds and normally the GC here is won on seconds. So it’s difficult to be in the final three, so I thought I could give it a go and try and pick up bonus seconds on the way. As the last bonus seconds was only at 96km I could sit up and go back to the bunch. It was actually good. I was feeling good and yesterday I was a bit bored in the bunch, so I thought I could give it a go.”
“It’s a pity I got blocked in, in the last 100 meters and I could have done a better result. The boys did a good effort in the last 25km to keep me out of trouble.”
Max Sciandri, Sports Director:
“It wasn’t expected that it would be Jempy in the breakaway as he is our guy for the sprints, but he made the best out of the opportunity. At the end of the day 80km in the front isn’t too demanding and he was able to pick up the six bonus seconds, to now sit in fourth overall.”
“We still have Silvan Dillier in the top ten too and we know he can go well on the Hatta Dam climb, so we have some options for the next three stages, and Jempy will remain our rider for the sprints.”
Stage 2 Dubai > Ras Al Khaimah (188km)
Top 3: 1. Marcel Kittel (QuickStep-Floors), 2. Dylan Groenewegen (Team Lotto-NL Jumbo), 3. Jakub Mareczko (Willier Triestina).
BMC Racing Team top 3: 11. Jempy Drucker, 17. Joey Rosskopf, 23. Daniel Oss