Pascal Ackermann sprints to fourth reclaiming the lead in the sprint classification at Tour de Pologne.
The fifth stage at the Tour de Pologne saw a seven rider breakaway which lasted until the last climb of the day. As the race headed into the final laps, BORA – hansgrohe focused their final to ride for their sprinter, Pascal Ackermann, who went on the attack sprinting to fourth place surrounded by the GC contenders.
Today’s 152km long route from the famous salt mine “Wieliczka”, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, to Bielsko – Biala consisted of three climbs (2 Cat.2 and 1 Cat.1) and two intermediate sprints, all happened it the second part of the route. It was another day anticipated to be a relatively decisive day in the race for the GC.
The Team Tactics
After studying the course profile, the BORA – hansgrohe team decided to focus on delivering Pascal Ackermann in the finale to try for another stage win. However, the teams main focus was to regain sprint jersey on Pascal’s shoulders so minor placings were an equal target.
After one hour of constant attacking by the peloton, a group of seven riders formed ahead of the first climb of the day. Team Sky took control over the pace in the main field, and with the gap dropping steadily, it was nearly all back together with 30km to go. The last three riders were caught as the peloton came into the final laps in the city of Bielsko – Biala. The BORA – hansgrohe train showed once again a strong team effort and started to form their lead- out for the German Champion Pascal Ackermann. As approaching the finale, all favourites were at the front of the race, as well as BORA – hansgrohe sprinter Pascal Ackermann. Surrounded by some GC contenders, the German Champion sprints to fourth place to regain the sprint jersey. It was again M. Kwiatkowski who celebrated his second consecutive victory, while Emanuel Buchmann sits ninth in the overall.
01 M. Kwiatkowski 3:39:14
02 D. Teuns +0:00
03 E. Battaglin +0:00
04 P. Ackermann +0:00
From the Finish Line
“We took a look on the stage profile and thought it could be a stage for me, so we gave it a try. I felt good but on the last metres I hadn’t the legs to go for the win. But I am wearing again the sprint jersey, which makes me really happy.” – Pascal Ackermann
“The race saw many attacks right from the start, while the climbs weren’t overly difficult, the team tried to go for another top result with Pascal. The stage was similar to some classic races and especially the finale favoured our sprinter. The team did everything right, and fortunately Pascal had a good day today, only losing his winning edge in the last metres It’s not a shame, that can happen, that’s cycling. Nevertheless we won back the sprint jersey and of course we will try to defend it until the last day of the Tour de Pologne.”– Steffen Radochla, sports director