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Press Releases | 24.02.2021

Sixth place for Pascal Ackermann on UAE Tour stage four

Another chance for the sprinter was today’s fourth stage at the UAE Tour. From Al Marjan Island the flat course took the riders over 204 kilometers back to the start. It looked like an easy task, but because of expected crosswinds the teams had to be attentive. Even several attempts were launched in the beginning, there was no early break today. It took over 80 km until a duo was able to break away from the bunch, which was always in control of the situation. With already 30km to go the escapees had been caught again and all was set for a sprint finish. BORA – hansgrohe was compact at the front and with one kilometer remaining it was Martin Laas who did the lead-out for Pascal who launch the sprint as first. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to hold his speed until the line and was overtaken on the last 50m. It was S. Bennett who took the win in the end. 

 

Results 

01 S. Bennett                     4:51:51

02 D. Dekker                      +0:00

03 C. Ewan                        +0:00

...

06 P. Ackermann                +0:00

 

From the Finish Line  

"Today we managed to stay all together at the front of the bunch quite well, but maybe a little early as we invested a lot of energy there. With one kilometer to go only Martin was with me anymore and he decided to hit the front. He did a great job, but when I felt the speed comes down a little, I gave it a go and launched my sprint. Then, the line was a little too far today and, in the end, I didn’t make it. But my legs are good, so let’s see what’s possible in the next sprints here. " – Pascal Ackermann 

"The day was not too hard to be honest and everything was well under control. We knew that in the final we had to be aware of roundabouts and direction changes and the guys did a great job to be in position there. In the lead-out we have been a little early, I think. It’s always hard to get the timing right, you can also get boxed in quite fast. But today we have been at the front too early." – Enrico Poitschke, Sports Director

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