Pascal Ackermann wins Brussels Cycling Classic: It is my first victory on Belgian soil
Sep 02 2018 12:09 am CET

Pascal Ackermann wins Brussels Cycling Classic: It is my first victory on Belgian soil
Pascal Ackermann wins Brussels Cycling Classic: It is my first victory on Belgian soil
Bora-hansgrohe

Bora-hansgrohe's Pascal Ackermann was the fastest man at the Brussels Cycling Classic. This is the second win in a one-day race for the German in the 2018 season.

The race was over a 201-kilometre course in and around Brussels, Belgium, and featured 13 slight climbs, the last one at 40 kilometres from the finish line. Riders like Oliver Naesen and Nick van der Lijke formed the escape of the race and it was caught with eleven kilometres to go.

Right away, teams with sprinters prepared and set a high pace in the peloton. Just before the finish, there was a crash in the peloton and riders like Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ), last year's winner, got caught behind. Ackermann took his chances and launched a strong sprint that he could hold until the end, crossing the finish line ahead of Trek-Segafredo's Jasper Stuyven and Direct Energie's Thomas Boudat.

"The race was not easy today," said the German champion at the end of the race. "We had to contend with 13 ascents and that made the race quite difficult. The team rode fantastically and worked for me the whole day.

"I am very happy about my win here in Brussels because it is my first victory on Belgian soil. I hope that I am able to achieve more success here in the future."




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