The Luxembouger Jempy Drucker is a rider I have followed since when he was in cyclocross with Fidea.
In 2009 he switched to the road with Continental Team Differdange and became a pro in 2011 with Veranda Willems (then Accent.jobs). He has taken part a few times in RR Worlds with the Luxembourgish National Teams and I remember his wheelie in Mendrisio, just before his abandon. You can read more about his career here:
He's now 27 and riding for Wanty-Groupe Gobert team. At his first Paris-Roubaix he scored a top 20. “For sure my past experience in cyclocross helped me riding over the cobbles and having a good eye for taking the best track." he said "The main goal was to get some experience and follow the best guys as long as I could. After the Arenberg I attacked a few times in order to gain some ground for when the big guys started their engines but I couldn’t get away. I hung on as long as I could and finally arrived in the velodrome in the 3rd group sprinting for 19th place. I fell in love with the race and I enjoyed every second of it.”
He was already having a good season: 4th place in Dwars door Vlaanderen and 6th in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Further top ten’s include 8th on stage 4 of Etoile de Besseges 9th in Nokere Koerse and on stage 2 of Etoile de Besseges while finishing 10th the following day in the French race. Drucker started off his Belgian campaign with great motivation which grew after his result in Het Nieuwsblad.
“It was the first big race of the season and the first classic so everybody wanted to do well." he esplained "As former cyclocross rider, the cold and rain didn’t affect me much and I tried to stay focused on racing and not think much about the cold. I felt pretty good but was a bit isolated in the front group as I was the only rider from my team up there so I couldn’t play much of a tactical game and just focused on the sprint. I was eventually in the group sprinting for 6th place and won the sprint which made me happy.” In Dwars door Vlaanderen he narrowly missed the podium: “I knew that in this race I could do a good result as it sometimes ends in a sprint of a big group so I was very motivated to do well. I managed to stay in front on every important section in the race and finally I was in a group sprinting for 2nd where I ended up 4th overall. After the race I was disappointed about missing a podium spot by half a bike.”
I know that Jempy worked hard to get his place in the pro peloton and it seems that this year is the right one to get back some satisfation. His team is also stronger than in the past, made more consistent by the arrive of a number of staff and riders from the ex World Tour Team Vacansoleil.