Pascal Ackermann and Emanuel Buchmann prolong contracts with Bora-hansgrohe
Dec 11 2018 04:33 am CET

Pascal Ackermann and Emanuel Buchmann prolong contracts with Bora-hansgrohe
Pascal Ackermann and Emanuel Buchmann prolong contracts with Bora-hansgrohe

Bora-hansgrohe has extended the contracts of Pascal Ackermann and Emanuel Buchmann. The announcement was made during the training camp of the team in Mallorca, Spain.

The two Germans will stay at the team until at least the end of 2021 and have already set some goals for the 2019 season, as well as their fellow countryman Maximilian Schachmann. "We are without doubt very pleased to have been able to reach an agreement so early with Pascal and Emanuel," said team manager Ralph Denk. "With these two riders, along with Maximilian, we have three outstanding German talents in our ranks, with whom we will pursue long-term goals.

"Pascal will take on the Giro d'Italia, his first Grand Tour, next season, while Emanuel will focus on the Tour de France in 2019. We will work on building upon Maximilian's strengths, just as we have successfully done over the past few years with Pascal and Emanuel. With Peter, we will be pursuing similar goals as in recent years. His racing program differs slightly from 2018, however, the focus will remain on the Classics and the Tour.

"We enjoyed a very successful season in 2018, but we strive to continue to improve. If we are able to take out a Monument and the Green Jersey at the Tour, we will be very satisfied. However, it is also an objective of ours to finish at least one Grand Tour in the top five overall. Unfortunately, this has eluded us in recent years."

Ackermann has welcomed the news of his extension. "I have always said that it was a big dream of mine to become a professional with BORA – hansgrohe," he commented. "I feel at home in the team and have made many good friends here.

"We are like a family, and this also likely forms the basis of much of our success. Ralph Denk and Enrico Poitschke have given me time and space to develop my strengths right from the start. This is an opportunity that is not always available to young riders, so I am extremely grateful for this."

Buchmann wants to keep improving with the team in the upcoming season. "It is, of course, reassuring to know so early in which direction I will be heading," the German explained. "I feel like I am now free to concentrate on important goals such as achieving sporting success.

"Unfortunately, my first experience leading the team in a Grand Tour was not quite what I had hoped for, but overall my season was very good, and I have certainly made another step forward towards reaching the top. In 2019, the Tour de France will be my big goal. Last year, I was able to finish in 15th position, and I hope to achieve a top ten next year."




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