Pascal Ackermann takes third at the European Road Championships
At the 25th edition of the European Road Championships, the riders had to first complete a large single loop of 46.2km before finishing 11 laps of a final circuit of 11.5km each around Alkmaar in the Netherlands. The course was pancake flat and not very technical, with the race for the title ending, as expected, in a show-down of the sprinters in the high caliber field in attendance at the race. Seven riders of the BORA-hansgrohe squad took to the start of the event. Pascal Ackermann, Andreas Schillinger, Michael Schwarzmann and Rudi Selig represented Germany at the championship, while Sam Bennett competed for Ireland and Erik Baška und his compatriot Juraj Sagan represented Slovakia. 151 participants took to the start of the 172.6 km long course. A 13-man strong group of favourites, which also contained the German captain Pascal Ackermann, took advantage of strong winds and echelon formations to escape the field. With 25km remaining, Pascal, along with E. Viviani and Y. Lampaert, were able to maintain a small gap over the rest of the field and eventually drag this out to around one minute. None of the chasers were able to follow this move, and so it was left to the three riders to contest the victory. In the end, the Italian rider was able to take the victory ahead of his Belgian teammate, with Pascal rounding out the podium in third place.
01. E. Viviani
02. Y. Lampaert
03. P. Ackermann
From the Finish Line
“Of course we would have like to win, but I’ll have to make do with third place. Although the win was not too bad, it was definitely one of the harder races in the season. The race got going quite early. Our team worked very well together, and they kept me up front during the most important parts of the race. As we passed through the city, there were only ten riders left, and the Italian riders took over the pace setting. In the end, I wasn’t able to keep up with the attack from the Belgian team, and we didn’t obviously envisage the race ending in that way. However, despite this, I’m happy that I was able to finish ahead of the field.” – Pascal Ackermann