Vuelta a España - Pascal Ackermann: It's not exactly the way I wanted to win
Oct 30 2020 05:32 am CET

Vuelta a España - Pascal Ackermann: It's not exactly the way I wanted to win
Vuelta a España - Pascal Ackermann: It's not exactly the way I wanted to win
Bora-hansgrohe

Bora-hansgrohe's Pascal Ackermann has been granted the win of the ninth stage of the Vuelta a España after Sam Bennett was relegated for "irregular sprint".

The ninth day of competition in the Spanish grand tour was set to be suitable for the fast men and that's exactly how is developed. The escape of the day was caught with a bit more of 20 kilometres left of the stage and the peloton headed to the finish line with the teams of sprinters setting their pace for their men.

Although Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Sam Bennett was the first to cross the finish line, later on he was relegated for pushing with the shoulder Trek-Segafredo's Emils Liepins on the preparation for the sprint. Then the victory went for Ackermann, the first one of his career in this grand tour.

"I felt good today and was optimistic that we could be successful," said the German rider. "The guys supported me throughout the stage and so I still had good legs at the finish. In the finale I was headbutted by Sam and I finished second.

"The jury then relegated him after an objection. It's not exactly the way I wanted to win, but I think the decision was right. We still have a long way to go to Madrid, there are a couple more chances for the fast men, so I hope we can be successful there."




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