Ster ZLM Toer: Bunch Sprint on Stage 317. June 2016, Buchten (NED) — Road Team
After being denied victory yesterday, it was the turn of the sprinters at Ster ZLM Toer - GP Jan van Heeswijk today with Dylan Groenewegen (Team Lotto-Jumbo) taking victory, while Jempy Drucker finished sixth for BMC Racing Team.
As the race turned to steeper terrain on Stage 3, a three-ride breakaway was able to establish an early lead. The groups advantage was under control with the peloton regrouping heading into the second half of the stage before numerous attacks followed.
A second breakaway of three-riders was eventually caught with 10 kilometers to go before the peloton headed toward the final sprint in Buchten.
After picking up time bonuses early in the race, Taylor Phinney and Stefan Küng finished safely inside the main bunch however with Sean de Bie (Lotto Soudal) third on the line and taking the leader’s jersey, they pair now sit third and fourth on the General Classification.
Quotes of the Day
Sport director, Jackson Stewart said: “It was a pretty tough day. On paper it was a hard stage but everyone thought that it wouldn’t be raced too hard as it was such a long way to the finish but in the end there were lots of team riding aggressively, especially in the middle section of the race, and we were part of that.”
“We made a move with a group of around 12 riders and 100 kilometers to go, which put us leader on the road, but that was quickly brought back. We then finished second and third with Taylor and Stefan at the intermediate sprint shortly after to gain some time bonuses. The race eventually came down to a bunch sprint and it was good to see Jempy in the mix there at the end.”
Jempy Drucker said: “It was pretty wet stage and in the middle there was a lot of attacks so there was some action on the way to the finish. The circuit was quite technical with lots of corners and ups and downs and with the weather conditions it was pretty nervous and we tried to stay in front all of the day.”
“The peloton made it as hard race today, especially Lotto, and we tried to be up there at the front as well. The plan wasn’t for me to be in the sprint, I went up front to keep our GC guys out of trouble. Then I slipped into a good positions with 2 kilometers to go so I decided to give it a go. I was feeling in good shape and with 500 meters to go, I was in Kittel’s wheel but then a gap was opened up so we both missed out in the end.”
Ster ZLM Toer - GP Jan van Heeswijk (UCI 2.1)
Stage 2: Buchten - Buchten, 210.5km
Top 3: 1. Dylan Groenewegen (Team Lotto-Jumbo) 2. Timothy Dupont (Veranda’s Willems) 3. Sean de Bie (Lotto-Soudal)
BMC Racing Team Top 3:
6. Jempy Drucker
28. Stefan Küng
35. Taylor Phinney