Jean-Pierre Drucker sprints to victory in Vuelta a España
Sep 05 2016 11:32 pm CET

Jean-Pierre Drucker sprints to victory in Vuelta a España
Jean-Pierre Drucker sprints to victory in Vuelta a España

Jean-Pierre 'Jempy' Drucker of BMC Racing Team has won the 16th stage in the Vuelta a España. The Luxembourger finished ahead of Rudiger Selig and Nikias Arndt.

After the fireworks of the two weekend stages, Monday's stage was significantly less eventful as a breakaway of six was easily kept at an acceptable distance by the peloton.

The escape group consisted of Silvan Dillier of BMC, Sven Erik Bystrom of Katusha, Davide Villella of Cannondale-Drapac, Mario Jorge Faria da Costa of Lampre-Merida, Luis Angel Mate Mardones of Cofidis and Julien Morice of Direct Energie.

The stage, from Alcañiz to Peñiscola in the province of Castellon in the east of Spain, took place in extreme heat with temperatures reaching 37 degrees celsius.

The gap between the leaders and the peloton was never much bigger than three minutes and the peloton caught the last remaining adventurers at 12 kilometers from the finish line.

Daniele Bennati of Tinkoff launched an attack with two kilometers to go but the peloton reacted swiftly and caught the Italian with about 300 meters to go.

Gianni Meersman, who already won two stages in this Vuelta, started his sprint early but saw Drucker of BMC surpass him in the final meters. Rudiger Selig of Bora-Argon 18 and Nikias Arndt of Giant-Alpecin completed the top three with Meersman crossing the line in fourth place.

There are no significant changes to the General Classification as all favorites for the top five finished safely in the peloton, despite a crash for fourth-placed Simon Yates earlier on the day.



Photo of Jempy Drucker (cropped) by BMC Racing Team





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