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Press Releases | 18.10.2019

After taking second place on the second stage, Pascal Ackermann now leads the Tour of Guangxi general classification

The second stage of the Gree-Tour of Guangxi traversed 152.3km of flat terrain from Beihai to the finishing town of Quinzhou on the Golf of Guangxi Beibu and featured a slightly uphill finish in the port city. The course was tailored to the sprinters, and the fast men were sure not to disappoint by day’s end. Early in the race, a three-rider breakaway formed, but with BORA - hansgrohe and UAE Team Emirates at the helm of affairs, a close eye was always kept on the escapees. After two hours in the saddle, the advantage of the leading group was kept at around 2:30 minutes, and with Shane Archbold and UAE Team Emirates continuing to ride at the front of the field, the breakaway's lead had dwindled to around a minute with 10 km remaining, and the race eventually came back together. The scene was then set for a mass sprint. BORA - hansgrohe prepared the sprint for Pascal Ackermann, and although he had to move slightly from his line in the finishing straight, he was able to take a strong second place behind D. McLay. After the second day of the race, Pascal now leads the general classification as well as the points and youth competitions. 

 

Result

01 D. McLay              3:45:04

02 P. Ackermann           +0:00  

03 M. Trentin                 +0:00

04 J. Koch                      +0:00

 

From the finish line

“After yesterday’s stage, we knew that the team is in good form, and so we were really ready and motivated to fight for the win today. With the help of UAE Team Emirates, we controlled the gap to the break, and always had the race within our grasp. Over the last kilometres, the tempo heated up and the sprint became somewhat chaotic. As sometimes happens in these situations, I was slightly blocked and so wasn’t able to launch my sprint in the way that I had intended. However, with my second place, I take over the lead in the overall standings, as well as the points and youth classifications, so it’s not too bad of a day for us.” - Pascal Ackermann

 

“With today being yet another flat stage, the team rode for Pascal, with the same goal as yesterday. We wanted to let only a small group escape, and that’s precisely what happened. UAE Team Emirates started to take the responsibility for setting the pace in the field, and with around 40 km remaining, we joined in, and so had the race well under control. On the final laps, that tempo became quite high and the last breakaway rider was caught with around 4 km of racing left. In the fast finale, it was no easy task for the sprint trains to form, however the guys still managed to do a good job here. Pascal was in a good position, but as can sometimes happen in such a finale, Pascal found his line was slightly blocked and so he wasn’t able to completely pull of his sprint as planned. Another second place is not necessarily what we would have wished for, however in spite of this, the team still rode strongly today. There are still several days ahead of us, though, and therefore still more chances to take a stage win.” - Enrico Poitschke, Sports Director

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