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Press Releases | 29.09.2020

Pascal Ackermann takes third on BinckBank Tour opener

Although the 16th edition of the BinckBank Tour was shortened from seven to five stages this year, the race did not lose its typical challenging character. The opening stage traversed over 151.7 km from Blankenberge to Ardooie in West Flanders and was a matter to be decided by the sprinters. The field, led by BORA - hansgrohe, CCC Team and NTT Pro Cycling did not allow the two-man breakaway too much leeway and with 20 km to go, the leading duo was duly reeled back in. A final attack on the last lap was also thwarted by the sprinters’ teams as they tried to jostle for position at the front. With only a few kilometres remaining, a crash occurred, with none of the BORA - hansgrohe riders being involved and shortly afterwards the squad from Raubling led out the peloton in the final preparations for the fast finish. Pascal Ackermann launched his sprint, but was overtaken and pipped on the line by M. Pedersen as well as J. Philipsen, who took the win, which meant that at the end of the day, the German rider had to be content with third place.

 

Results

01 J. Philipsen                 2:59:26

02 M. Pedersen                     +0:00

03 P. Ackermann                  +0:00

04 D. van Poppel                  +0:00

 

From the Finish Line

"The guys had the race well under control all day. It was very hectic on the finishing straight and I think I likely started my sprint a bit too early and then couldn't hold off Pedersen and Philipsen in the end. Of course, I am a bit disappointed, because we were going for the win today. But nevertheless, we’ll try again and hopefully we’ll be able to get the stage win." - Pascal Ackermann

"The first stage ended as expected, with a mass sprint. Our plan was to let only a small group go and we were then able to control the race very well together with four other teams. Only 4 km ahead of the finish, a large crash occurred, but fortunately the team was not involved. On the finishing stretch, Pascal launched his sprint slightly too early and took third at the end of the day. We were going for the win and ultimately took a podium, but we will try again at the next opportunity and hope to have more success." - Jean-Pierre Heynderickx, Sports Director

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