Pascal Ackermann takes win and GC lead in Tirreno-Adriatico: I didn't know what my form would be like
Sep 08 2020 02:07 am CET

Pascal Ackermann takes win and GC lead in Tirreno-Adriatico: I didn't know what my form would be like
Pascal Ackermann takes win and GC lead in Tirreno-Adriatico: I didn't know what my form would be like
Bora-hansgrohe

Bora-hansgrohe's Pascal Ackermann has sprinted to victory in the first stage of Tirreno Adriatico and took the first leader's jersey of the race.

The first stage of the Italian race was 133 kilometres long over a rolling route with a start and finish in Lido di Camaiore. The escape of the day started with six riders but finished with only two, who were reeled back in with 18 kilometres to go and as the peloton prepared for a sprint finale.

Although Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) launched a very strong sprint that looked like a certain win, Ackermann managed to overtake him and cross the finish line in the first position, taking also the lead of the General Classification.

"It was an incredible race today, as we didn't know what it would really be like," said Ackermann. "In the lead-up to this, I only had one day on the bike, because I was ill before, and so didn't know what my form would be like. But the team did a great job and they trusted me. It was a hard and long sprint, because I came from further back. But I had good speed in the end and I was able to find a gap at the right time and make it across the line first.

"I am very happy and really want to thank my teammates. I think my form is good and we executed our plan perfectly today. Now the pressure is gone and we can see what's possible on the next few stages, and hopefully we can take yet another win on a sprint stage. But we also have strong GC riders here, with [Patrick] Konrad and [Rafal] Majka, and so we're also hoping to perform well there too."






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