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Press Releases | 08.11.2020

Pascal Ackermann triumphs on the final stage of the Vuelta

After the general classification was decided yesterday, the sprinters had one last chance to take a win on today's 139 km-long route. The stage commenced in the Hipódromo de la Zarzuela, on the outskirts of Madrid, and ended on a circuit in the city centre of the Spanish capital in a show-down of the fast men. After P. Roglic, the overall winner, celebrated his triumph on the first half of the stage, the race subsequently commenced in earnest. A small group tried their luck in a breakaway, but their efforts remained ultimately unrewarded. Deceuninck - Quickstep first led the field over the last kilometres before BORA - hansgrohe took the lead and prepared the sprint for Pascal Ackermann with three remaining riders. When the German fast man launched his sprint, S. Bennett came from behind, but was unable to overtake him and so Pascal took his second stage victory at this year’s Vuelta.

In addition to the victories on the ninth and then final stage by Pascal Ackermann, Felix Großschartner also put in an impressive performance, finishing among the top ten in the overall standings for the first time in a Grand Tour. The Austrian climber also netted five top 10 finishes on the mountain stages, results that show his strong skills during a three-week tour.

 

Results: Stage 18

01 P. Ackermann        3:28:13

02 S. Bennett                   +0:00

03 M. Kanter                   +0:00

04 J. Philipsen                  +0:00

                                                                                   

Results: General Classification

01 P. Roglič                 72:46:12

02 R. Carapaz                    +0:24

03 H. Carthy                     +1:15

09 F. Großschartner           +8:15

 

From the Finish Line

"I am so happy that I was able to take the win today. But this result was only possible thanks to the support of my teammates, who did an extraordinary job, particularly over the last 3 km. We never had an easy stage here at the Vuelta. There was always a hard fight for the breakaway group and then on stages like yesterday, the sprinters had to suffer quite a lot. It was just important to save as much energy as possible and I'm glad that I was able to do that, and today it paid off. At first, we held back a bit in the decisive phase, because we knew that we had a strong sprint train. Then over the last 10 km we went full throttle and were able to take the victory. Many thanks to the whole team!" - Pascal Ackermann

"I am very happy that I finished my first Grand Tour as captain within the top 10 overall. It's a great result, and the most important thing is that I was able to prove my skills and that I can also build on this achievement in the future. So this result is a good one for my self-confidence. I think my performance also shows my strength on a different level. Many thanks to the whole team and to the staff as well. Now I can look forward to the off-season break." - Felix Großschartner

"A ninth place in the general classification for Felix and his strong results on all stages is a very commendable performance. In the run-up to the race, we concentrated on him riding for the overall classification. But we went into the race without any pressure and wanted to see how well he'd be able to keep up with the best for the three weeks. At the end of the Vuelta, it's evident that he rode very well. He lost very little time to the best riders on the difficult mountain stages and he never really had a bad day. He concentrated on the task at hand for the whole three weeks and certainly didn't lose his seventh place overall yesterday due to a lack of strength. Rather, two riders simply rode more offensively. At the beginning of the stage, we tried to bring back the breakaway, but that didn't work out. Felix lost two places overall, but we ultimately have to accept that. Of course, it's not particularly nice to have that happen, but we're still very happy with the result and will again give Felix the opportunity to confirm or even improve on this performance in one or the other Grand Tours in the future" - Enrico Poitschke, Sports Director

"Pascal's win is a great finish for us, for the Vuelta and for the whole 2020 season, and we're going home with immense pride, having won two stages and also placing Felix in the top ten in the GC, his first top 10 result in a Grand Tour. This was our first attempt to have him ride for the overall classification and he did it with flying colours. As for the sprints, we won the first sprint after Sam Bennett was relegated. But today in the man to man duel, Pascal was the strongest, which makes us very happy, and so we can now head into the winter break very satisfied with our achievements." - Ralph Denk, Team Manager

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