Drucker: It's cool to have a victory in a Grand Tour
Sep 06 2016 02:46 am CET

Drucker: It's cool to have a victory in a Grand Tour
Drucker: It's cool to have a victory in a Grand Tour

Following his good performance in the 2016 Vuelta a Burgos in which he got three second places in final sprints, Jean-Pierre Drucker felt ready to get a victory in a Grand Tour. The 16th stage of the current Vuelta a España turned out to be the right moment for the Luxembourger.

The stage was one of the few chances for sprinters in this Vuelta a España and even though Gianni Meersman was one the favorites, Drucker managed to beat him at the finish in Peñiscola.

"I suffered a lot in the last few days, especially the day on Col d'Aubisque, and I always kept believing in the sprint stages," said the rider. "I did a good Vuelta a Burgos and I was confident in my sprints, and was taking my chances. It was all about choosing the right wheels and I had Danilo Wyss who did a perfect job until almost the last kilometer.

"I was just hoping and hoping to get the good opening and then I started my sprint and it was perfect. It's cool to have a victory in a Grand Tour and it's always nice behind your name."

During the final meters Danielle Bennati of Tinkoff attacked but was soon caught by an Etixx-Quick Step train of two riders. Meersman launched himself too soon and Drucker proved to be faster than the others.

"The final kilometer we had a tail wind so it's good to go a bit early. I was placing myself a little bit behind to be able to go from behind with speed. It was actually perfect as Gianni Meersman went and I could come in his slipstream and then went over him."
Photo of Jempy Drucker (cropped) by BMC Racing Team





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