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Press Releases | 19.09.2021

Pascal Ackermann takes fifth place in Eschborn-Frankfurt bunch sprint

When an early break was caught already with more than 60km remaining a strong group of 16 riders tried to force a decision in the hilly part of the race. Matteo Fabbro was part of that group for BORA – hansgrohe and controlled at the front while back in the main bunch his teammates worked for a bunch sprint for Pascal Ackermann. All came back together when the field entered the finishing circuit in Frankfurt. In a sprint royal Pascal Ackermann just had Nils Politt on his side after all the hard work done before. Philipsen took the win in the end with Ackermann in fifth. 



01       J. Philipsen             4:28:03

02       J. Degenkolb            + 0:00

03       A. Kristoff                + 0:00

05       P. Ackermann           +0:00


From the Finish Line  

"Actually, the race seemed to be in our favor at one point. We had Matteo in the big group and the race was hard, therefore some sprinters had been in difficulties. But we had to invest a lot to set up a bunch sprint then, and as a result I missed some help in the end. I tried to position myself in front to catch a strong wheel, but I was too far back after the last corner. I couldn’t even launch my sprint because there was no place for me to go. To be honest I am disappointed, even there is nothing we did wrong today.” – Pascal Ackermann

"The guys did a good job today. We worked from the beginning in the bunch with Emu and when the big group was in front, we had Matteo up there. But it was really a hard effort to bring this group back and we had to spend more energy there than we would have liked. As a result, Pascal only had Nils on his side on the final kilometers. Nils also had bad luck and a puncture before the red kite. Pascal was on his own and then a little too far back in the last corner. He also was blocked on the right side and took fifth place in the end. Not the result we hoped for today, but like I said, everyone did a good job today.” – Jens Zemke, Sports Director

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