Tour du Poitou-Charentes: Bohli in the Breakaway, Drucker Fourth in Bunch Sprint23. August 2017, Roumazières-Loubert (FRA) — Road Team
BMC Racing Team was in the thick of the action on Tour du Poitou-Charentes stage 2 with Tom Bohli riding as part of the breakaway for the majority of the day before Jempy Drucker sprinted to fourth after a fast and furious run into the line.
Bohli was part of the first attack on stage 2, going clear with one other rider after just 5km of racing before eventually, after various moves off the front of the main bunch to jump across, the day’s four-rider breakaway was formed, and the race began to settle down.
The group’s advantage rose steadily, and, 25km into the 185.7km course, it tipped over 3’30”. However, with teams eyeing another bunch sprint in Roumazières-Loubert, the peloton soon regained control, with the gap stabilizing before it began to bounce around the three-minute mark over the first half of the stage.
With 70km to go, the peloton, led by race leader, Elia Viviani’s Team Sky, began to pick up the pace. But with Bohli and the rest of the breakaway continuing to push hard at the front of the race, they crossed the finish line to begin the final 25.7km circuit with a lead of 1’50”.
A determined chase quickly began, with the sprinters’ teams coming to the fore to set a fierce pace, which saw the main bunch split in two. At the same time, the breakaway was exploding with Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) making a solo bid for the stage win while Bohli continued to chase inside 10km to go.
However, in the end, both riders were swept up by the first part of the peloton as the stage was set for another fast and furious run into the finish.
Drucker was well-positioned at the front of the bunch as the sprint was launched on the home straight and he powered towards the line before being pushed into fourth place in a tight finish with Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) taking the win.
Quotes From the Finish Line
"It was a good day today. It was a pretty hard final. It was a strong break, so the pace was pretty high at the end to catch them. Brent Bookwalter and Joey Rosskopf did a great job to keep me out of trouble alongside Nathan Van Hooydonck. In the end, it was up to me to try and finish the job. It was slightly uphill from 1km to go, and I was in a good position. When I started my sprint I was next to Elia Viviani (Team Sky), and he closed the door a little in front of me, so I had to slow my sprint slightly. It was a shame I couldn't finish better, but I am happy with how I did."
"I am going to try and have a good time trial tomorrow afternoon. Me and Nathan Van Hooydonck are still in the mix for the GC, so I want to give it a go. The morning stage is pretty short and that doesn't really suit me but we will see what we can do, and we have a couple of cards to play in terms of the sprint with me and Bram Welten."
"It was fast at the beginning, and when we went clear, we had to set a pretty hard pace as the bunch didn't seem to want to let us go. We were riding pretty well together, and from then the pace was quite steady. In the end, our group started to fall apart. Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) was clearly the strongest guy in the group, and when he attacked I tried to go with him, but in the end, we got caught by the bunch. Tomorrow will definitely be different with a road stage and a time trial, so we will see how it goes, but I will try my best to get into my rhythm and do my best."
Sports Director, Valerio Piva:
"After losing some time yesterday with Joey Rosskopf, Brent Bookwalter, and Tom Bohli, we knew we had nothing to lose coming into today's stage, so we wanted to get someone in the breakaway. Bohli was able to go with the right move, and he was out in front until the final 10km of the day. Unfortunately again there was a crash with 20km to go which caught some of our guys out and they had to stop behind. In the front group though we had Joey Rosskopf, Brent Bookwalter, and Nathan Van Hooydonck to help Jempy Drucker for his sprint. Jempy was good. He was up there, and we will try again. Tomorrow morning is a short stage with some gravel sections, and then in the afternoon, we have the time trial. We have some specialists in this discipline, and we also have Jempy Drucker and Nathan Van Hooydonck in the mix for the General Classification. We will try to do our best. It is maybe more difficult now with Joey, Brent and Miles losing time but we are still motivated to go for a stage win as well."
Tour du Poitou-Charentes
Stage 2: Saint-Savinien > Roumazières-Loubert, 185.7km
Top 3: 1. Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) 2. Elia Viviani (Team Sky) 3. Damien Touzé (HP BTP-Auber 93)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 4. Jempy Drucker 36. Nathan Van Hooydonck 41. Joey Rosskopf