Pascal Ackermann wins first bunch sprint in Giro d'Italia
May 12 2019 11:11 pm CET

Pascal Ackermann wins first bunch sprint in Giro d'Italia
Pascal Ackermann wins first bunch sprint in Giro d'Italia

Bora-hansgrohe's Pascal Ackermann has taken the victory of the second stage at the Giro d'Italia. The German was the fastest at the final sprint in Vinci and took his first victory in a grand tour.

A rainy day awaited the riders on the second stage of the Corsa Rosa but they faced the 205-kilometre route without too many problems. The escape of the day was formed early on the course and included eight riders like Marco Frapporti, Lucaz Owsian, François Bidard, William Clarke and the wearer of the mountain jersey Giulio Ciccone.

The breakaway got an advantage of more than four minutes over a peloton in which teams like Jumbo-Visma, Deceuninck-Quick-Step, Bora-hansgrohe, UAE-Team Emirates and Bahrain-Merida took turns to control the gap. In the front, Ciccone increased the pace at the penultimate climb of the day in order to keep the Blue Jersey and that change of speed left the group with only four riders.

On the last descent of the day, the speed in the front of the peloton caused some breaks behind but everything got together before the ten-kilometre mark. At around nine kilometres to go, Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data) suffered a puncture that finished his options for the final bunch sprint.

The escapees were caught with seven kilometres to go and teams like Bora-hansgrohe, Lotto-Soudal, Groupama-FDJ, UAE-Team Emirates and Katusha-Alpecin took the lead of the pack to put their sprinters in a good position. The final kilometre of the stage was fast and nervous, but Bora-hansgrohe put Pascal Ackermann in a good position and he showed to be the strongest of the sprinters.

This is the first stage victory in a grand tour for the German National champion. Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Elia Viviani and Lotto-Soudal's Caleb Ewan crossed the finish line behind the rider of Bora-hansgrohe.

Primoz Roglic crossed the finish line with the peloton and kept the lead of the General Classification.



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