Jempy Drucker gets some attention

Vuelta 2016, stage 16We’ve had a couple of long stage reports recently. This one doesn’t really warrant it.

It was a messy sort of sprint finish as those looking to contest the win ran out of lead-out men early due to an urgent need to chase down Daniele Bennati who’d struck out alone with a couple of kilometres to go. Luxembourger Jempy Drucker was best able to maintain his speed and took the win.

Drucker has never really won anything before, but he’s not up-and-coming – he’s 30. He took the RideLondon-Surrey one-day race last year and that’s about it.

Stage 17

It’s actually a rest day today, but we’re then back in business with what should by now feel like a typical Vuelta stage on Wednesday. It’s three nothingy climbs before a summit finish which is 3.8km at 12.5%.

Today’s stage term is ‘Alpine mountain ranges’. Somewhat confusingly, this term can apparently be applied to mountain chains other than the Alps – any formed in a period from 65 million years ago (Cretaceous) until the current day, in fact. These include the Pyrenees, the Catalan Coast, the Iberian Mountain Range and the Baetic Mountain Range.

2016 Vuelta, Stage 17