Vuelta a Burgos: Drucker Sprints to Second Place on Stage 12. August 2016, Melgar de Fernamental (ESP) — Road Team
Stage 1 of the Vuelta a Burgos came down to a predicted bunch sprint with Jempy Drucker crossing the line in second place, just edged out by Danny van Poppel (Team Sky).
The 158km flat stage saw seven riders immediately break clear after kilometer 0 to maintain a three-minute advantage for much of the stage.
As the race neared the finish in Melgar de Fernamental, the peloton increased their speed and brought the breakaway to within 30 seconds with 30 kilometers to go.
The last of the attacks had been neutralized five kilometers before the finish line, making way for the sprint trains.
Drucker was led out by his BMC Racing Team teammates and was the first rider to hit the finish straight after the last corner, only to be overtaken by van Poppel just before the line.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“The whole stage was pretty easy which made the final kilometers so much more hectic because everyone was fresh and wanted to do a good sprint. Luckily the guys put me into a good position and then at the end I followed Daniel Oss, who did a great lead out, until the last corner. I knew it was a bit too early and too far from the finish line but I just started my sprint after the corner and went full gas to the line. Unfortunately, Van Poppel was still passing me just before the finish line.”
“The Prudential RideLondon Classic was a good race and gave me confidence going into Vuelta a Burgos, and now finishing second today shows that my recovery was good because Sunday was a pretty tough day. My shape is good and I’m looking forward to the next stages here.”
Max Sciandri, Sports Director:
“We knew it was going to be a flat day for the sprinters. The only difference could have been if the wind was stronger but this didn’t eventuate. This morning in the meeting we decided that Jempy Drucker would be the sprinter for the stage. Danilo Wyss and Daniel Oss were to help out with the other guys like Floris Gerts. Basically it all went to plan. Jempy came around that last corner with the speed so he just had to go but it was a bit too far out at 350 meters. But if he had waited he would have been swept up by the peloton so he went and that was it.”
“We now look to the Team Time Trial tomorrow. It has a climb in the first couple of kilometers and then quite a dangerous descent before the flat. It’s a challenging course even though it’s only 10 kilometers. We are two-time UCI World Champions in the discipline so we want to do well.”
Vuelta a Burgos
Stage 1: Sasamon > Melgar de Fernamental (158km)
Top 3: Danny van Poppel (Team Sky), Jempy Drucker (BMC Racing Team), Gianni Meersman (Etixx-QuickStep).
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 2. Jempy Drucker, 14. Danilo Wyss, 17. Floris Gerts