Impressive win by Pascal Ackermann on the second stage of the Critérium du Dauphine.
As the escapees were caught on the final kilomteres the race went on fire. The BORA - hansgrohe train led Pascal Ackermann into a perfect position for the finale. The young German sprinter took his chance and flew to his second WorldTour win in this season.
The second day at the Critérium du Dauphine was earmarked for the fast wheels in the peloton. The 181km demanding course started with a flat start in the city of Montbrison and finished in Belleville. Five categorized climbs awaited the peloton in the second half of the stage before the riders headed into the finale.
The Team Tactics
BORA – hansgrohe focused, like yesterday, on a sprint finale with their young German rider Pascal Ackermann. The team worked for the Tour de Romandie stage winner to bring him into a good position for the sprint.
A four-man breakaway escaped relatively early into the 180km stage and built up a gap of six minutes over the peloton. BORA – hansgrohe took the lead of the peloton and worked for their sprinter Pascal Ackermann. The escapees crested the first climbs of the day with a gap of four minutes, but the peloton pulled hard to catch the breakaway. With the gap dropping steadily, the break was caught with 2km remaining and the sprinters showed their talents. They started to organize their lead-out trains to bring their fast men into a good position. BORA - hansgrohe brought the young sprinter into a perfect position, he waited until the final metres, increased the pace and took the stage win in an impressive way, his second WorldTour victory in this season.
01 P. Ackermann 4:19:57
02 E. Boasson Hagen +0:00
03 D. Impey +0:00
From the Finish Line
“I am more than happy with this victory. After my mistake yesterday, I wanted to make up for it today. I waited until the final metres to start my sprint and gave it all. The team brought me into a perfect position and did a great job today, therefore a huge thank you my teammates for their effort.” – Pascal Ackermann
„Pascal took an impressive win today. The whole team did a stellar job and showed a strong lead-out. We are really happy about this victory but now focus on the team time trial and the upcoming mountain stages.“ – Steffen Radochla, sports director