Third yet again for Pascal Ackermann on the third stage of the BinckBank Tour
Due to new Corona measures in the Netherlands, today's third stage was unable to start in Philippine as originally planned, but rather began in the Belgian town of Aalter. This change of course forced the organisers to shorten the stage distance from 166.7 km to 145 km. The day ended with seven laps on a circuit around Aalter, before the peloton arrived at the finish. A quintet was able to pull away right from the start, and the race situation remained largely unchanged during the first half of the race. After 80 km in the saddle, the field upped the pace and the advantage of the escapees reduced to slightly over a minute. BORA - hansgrohe, Team UAE Emirates and Trek-Segafredo shared the lead in the peloton and on the final lap, the breakaway's luck ran out. The squad from Raubling then fought for position at the front for what was expected to be a bunch sprint. Pascal Ackermann launched his sprint first, but was beaten to the line by J. Philipsen and the eventual winner M. Pedersen.
01 M. Pedersen 3:26:11
02. J. Philipsen +0:00
03 P. Ackermann +0:00
From the Finish Line
"We had tough weather conditions, with constant rain, and so it was not easy today. The team controlled the race well and caught the breakaway in time. The final was challenging because there were a few turns, and I tried to stay in front there. But I started my sprint a bit too early and Mads and Jasper were able to catch up and pass me just before the finish line. I had hoped to win today, but unfortunately it didn't quite work out.” - Pascal Ackermann
"Today we tried for the second time to take a stage win with Pascal. It was a wet and windy day, but the team of the GC leader kept the race under control. We joined in ahead of the finale to make sure the stage ended as a bunch sprint. The guys then did a perfect job to bring Pascal into a good position, but he was overtaken by the same riders as on the first day, Pedersen and Philipsen. He did manage to take a podium place, but it’s not the win that we had been hoping for." - Jean-Pierre Heynderickx, Sports Director