Top Ten Finish at Paris-Tours for Drucker After Tough Finale8. October 2017, Tours (FRA) — Road Team
Jempy Drucker secured a top ten finish at Paris-Tours today after an explosive finale saw the race split into several groups heading into the final kilometers of the race.
After a flurry of early attacks, a five-rider breakaway went clear and began building up an advantage that was edging towards the six-minute mark after 40km, of the 234.5km course.
With the main bunch sensing the need to regain control, the pace picked up and with 165km of racing still to go the gap had been brought back to a comfortable margin with the leaders sitting 3’40” up the road.
The gap remained stable before, with 60km to go, the chase heated up and the peloton rapidly began to close in on the breakaway, bringing the gap down to inside 40 seconds at the foot of the Côte de Crochu, the first off three climbs in the closing kilometers of the race.
The catch was eventually made with just 10km to go as new attacks began to fly off the front of the peloton with Drucker part of a six-rider group that formed on the penultimate climb of the day with the peloton exploding behind them.
In the end, Nikki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors), Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) and Søren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) were part of a late breakaway that was able to extend a narrow advantage over a select chase group which included Drucker, Silvan Dillier, and Daniel Oss.
The leading trio was able to hold on despite the group chasing hard on the home straight with Trentin going on to take the win ahead of Andersen and Terpstra. Meanwhile, Drucker was part of the sprint for the remaining places behind and was BMC Racing Team’s best-placed rider, rounding out the top ten.
Quotes From the Finish Line
"It was a super fast final. I was up there on the last climb, but I just couldn't follow the acceleration of Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) anymore. I am a bit disappointed about that, but I do think that the strongest three were at the front of the race. In the end, I finished 10th which is a good result, but I definitely think more was possible as my sprint was good, but I maybe started a little too early."
Sports Director, Yvon Ledanois:
"Before the race, we knew we wanted to wait until the first of the final climbs and maybe make a move with a rider like Stefan Küng or Jempy Drucker. It worked well at first with Jempy going in the right move with Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors), but he was on his limit at the top of the climb and lost Trentin's wheel. He had the legs for a good result and gave it a good shot. Everyone respected our plan coming into the race, and everyone tried, which is all we can ask for as you never know what might happen. The guys who went in the final move were very strong, and I was happy with how we rode as a team and how we took responsibility in the final of the race."
One-day race: Brou > Tours, 234.5km
Top 3: 1. Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) 2. Søren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) 3. Nikki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 10. Jempy Drucker 15. Daniel Oss 16. Silvan Dillier