Pascal Ackermann wins first stage of Tour de Pologne: Tomorrow I want to defend my jersey
Aug 05 2018 06:11 am CET

Pascal Ackermann wins first stage of Tour de Pologne: Tomorrow I want to defend my jersey
Pascal Ackermann wins first stage of Tour de Pologne: Tomorrow I want to defend my jersey
Bora-hansgrohe

Bora-hansgrohe's Pascal Ackermann has won the first stage of the Tour de Pologne. The German was the fastest at the final sprint, beating Alvaro Hodeg and Matteo Trentin.

The 134-kilometre long stage started and finished in the city centre of Krakow. The breakaway of the day took an advantage of more than four minutes over a peloton pulled by teams interested in a sprint final like Bora-hansgrohe.

With 10 kilometres remaining, the escapees were reeled back and the stage was sentenced to a fast finale. The final sprint was fought between Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe), Alvaro Hodeg (Quick-Step Floors) and Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott).

The German champion displayed a very strong performance and outsprinted his rivals with ease, taking also the lead of the overall classification.

"The team was just amazing, they pulled the whole day at the front of the main field," said the rider at the end of the stage. "As we headed into the final lap I was in a perfect position and just finished their great work.

"It is my first time here in Poland, and to take the win in the opening stage surrounded by so many incredible fans is just the cherry on the top. Tomorrow will be another flat stage and of course, I want to defend my jersey."




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