Pascal Ackermann takes third place on the fourth stage of the UAE Tour
The fourth stage of this year’s UAE Tour returned to a flat sprint finish. Unfortunately, the day began with the abandonment of Emanuel Buchmann who did not continue the race as a precautionary measure because of the bruises and abrasions he suffered in yesterday’s crash. The 173 km between Dubai’s Zabeel Park and the famous Dubai City Walk led mostly through the desert with two escapees leading the way for most of the day. When the last escapee, William Clarke, was caught with 7 km to go, the sprinter teams started to prepare the finale, affected by strong winds which made the last kilometres very hectic. Brought into position by his BORA-hansgrohe teammates Michael Schwarzmann and Rüdiger Selig, Pascal Ackermann started his sprint from the backwheel of Sam Bennett but was blocked in in the closing metres, taking third on the line behind Dylan Groenewegen and Fernando Gaviria.
01 D.Groenewegen 4h16’13”
02 F.Gaviria s.t.
03 P.Ackermann s.t.
From the Finish Line
"I started my sprint from the 7th position which was maybe a little bit too far behind, that's why I was blocked in in the end. I can still be happy with my form, I'm now looking forward to more sprint finishes here at the UAE Tour." – Pascal Ackermann
"On today’s flat terrain everyone expected a sprint finale. The stage was still not easy and all riders had to be really concentrated due to strong winds. Like in the opening stage, our goal was to set Pascal for the sprint, unfortunately he was blocked in and couldn’t find clean air in the final metres. We are still happy with the third place since the competition here at the UAE Tour is very high. Regarding Emanuel’s abandonment I can say that his injuries are not serious but we decided that it would be better for him to fly home early and get some rest before he continues preparing the next big goals." – Enrico Poitschke, Head Sports Director