Successful Tirreno - Adriatico: Rafal Majka finishes third in GC, while Pascal Ackermann takes the points jersey
On the last stage along the coast around San Benedetto del Tronto, the peloton took on a 10 km long individual time trial on a flat course. Rafał Majka, who started the stage as second overall, at only 16 seconds behind the GC leader, had a good chance to finish the Italian stage race today on the podium. Pascal Ackermann opened the race against the clock for the team, while his Polish teammate left the start ramp more than two hours later. Maciej Bodnar, best-placed BORA - hansgrohe rider on the day, took 11:34 minutes to complete the course. In the end, the Italian F. Ganna crossed the finish line with the winning time of 10:42, while Rafal stopped the clock with a time of 11:45 and with that took third place in the GC.
In addition to his two stage wins and a second place on stage six, Pascal Ackermann prevailed in the points classification. With Rafał, who took second and third places on important mountain stages and finished third in the GC, and Matteo Fabbro taking third place on the penultimate stage as well as the most combative prize, the team from Raubling completes a highly successful week in Italy.
Results: Stage 8
01 F Ganna 10:42
02 V. Campenaerts +0:18
03 R. Dennis +0:26
22 M. Bodnar +0:52
Results: General Classification
01 S. Yates 32:07:34
02 G. Thomas +0:17
03 R. Majka +0:29
From the Finish Line
„Honestly, I'm a little bit disappointed that I slipped down a place in the GC. After today's stage I had hoped that I could do a little better. But I can still be satisfied with a podium place in the end. This race showed me that my form is really good again, as I was able to mix it up and be right up there on the most important mountain stages, taking a couple of podium places. That’s of course quite a good sign of things to come. The entire team performed well here and we are now fully motivated and are looking forward to taking on our next races."- Rafal Majka
„I’m really happy to be able to take the points jersey home. I had great success here and the race was not only good for the legs, but also for the confidence. Now I know that I can once again mix it up with the very best, and I'm relieved that the race went so well. Now I have two weeks to recover and then I'm off to the BinckBank Tour. This year, everything in cycling is different, so you never know exactly what the next week will bring, but my next big goal is the Vuelta, and I’m really looking forward to it." - Pascal Ackermann
„Pascal’s first two wins strengthened our confidence quite a lot, and the team continued to work very well together over the next few difficult stages. We’ve come out of the event with six podium places in eight stages, as well as third place overall with Rafa, which is a great achievement in one of the biggest stage races in the sport. Pascal was also able to take home the points jersey, and Matteo also received the prize for the most combative rider, another impressive result. The team now has a very successful week behind it, and we’re looking forward to taking to the Giro with a similar team composition.“ Jens Zemke, Sports Director