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“The first big goal of the season will be the Flemish classics, that’s for sure. But the way to get there we didn’t discuss yet. About the race schedule we will talk about in December at the first team camp.”


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10.11.2014 @ 09:00 Posted by Joseph Doherty

Jean Pierre (or Jempy for short) Drucker of Wanty Groupe-Gobert has been one of the most consistent one-day riders this season that didn’t have a spot in the WorldTour. Now though, the man from Luxembourg will don the colours of BMC Racing Team in 2015.


Drucker has recorded notable results such as fourth in Dwars door Vlaanderen and sixth in Het Nieuwsblad and Paris-Tours and securing a top 20 place in Paris-Roubaix in 2014. He attributes his results and consistency (25 top 10 finishes in races and classifications) to his good work in the winter months.


“Well I train a lot of endurance during winter which is my foundation for being competitive during a whole season and then I listen a lot to my body, if it needs rest I’ll give it rest. It is important to find the right mix between races-training-resting, both physically and mentally.”


Drucker does not just excel in the Classics and one-day races, but can also do a strong performance in the stage races that don’t feature a time trial, finishing second on GC in the Tour of Luxembourg and 11th in the Tour de Picardie and 13th in the Ster ZLM Toer. He also challenged for stages in Etoile de Bessèges and the Tour of Norway. Despite his stage racing ability, it is the one-day races that Jempy really enjoys.


“Of course I love the classics, especially the Flemish cobbles classics. But if I put a number on my back i want to race. I try to get every time the best out of myself which explains maybe also that I had some results in stage races as well this year.”


This versatility and talent will see the 28-year-old ride at the head of all of the big WorldTour single day races and to act as a Plan B for Greg van Avermaet on the cobbles. While he doesn’t have an exact role and job for the team to perform for 2015, his versatility should help him excel on one of the world’s biggest teams.


“The main point why BMC engaged me was to have one more guy in the finals of the classics. About my exact role in the team we didn’t speak yet but I have different capacities, which is a strong point as well. I can do a leadout, sprint myself and protect a leader...”


When asked about his 2015 race schedule, Drucker admitted he isn’t sure what races he will be doing specifically and that everything would be clarified at the first team training camp in December. One thing he was confident about was that he would be riding the Cobbled Classics in 2015 come hell or high water.


“The first big goal of the season will be the Flemish classics, that’s for sure. But the way to get there we didn’t discuss yet. About the race schedule we will talk about in December at the first team camp.”


While Drucker may be finally moving on to the highest level of the sport, he does not forget all of the hard work he put in at Wanty Groupe-Gobert and thanked them for all of their time, hard effort and confidence in him that they pt in over the last four seasons.


“Wanty Groupe-Gobert gave me a lot of opportunities to show myself. They have a great program for a pro continental team. I developed well the past 4 years with them and it is also thanks to them I am the rider that I am for the moment and got the opportunity to race for BMC next year. In my first year I was the leadout guy for van Dijk and little by little I got more and more confidence of the team and I took my chances and this year on the side of (Bjorn) Leukemans I was one of the leaders from the team.”


And Wanty has had something in return. Aside from getting great results from Drucker, they have shown other riders that they are a good team to ride for, which may have played a part in attracting 2012 Paris-Tours winner Marco Marcato to the team to act as a possible replacement for Drucker.


It may take time for Jempy Drucker to settle into the WorldTour regime and pace regularly at BMC, but come the Cobbled Classics, expect to see the man from Luxembourg at the head of the race deep into the finale to protect Greg van Avermaet or to ride for himself. Maybe it is this move that can finally help Drucker secure a big ride and at least finish in the top 10 of a Cobbled WorldTour race. If he did so, it certainly wouldn’t surprise.




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