Pascal Ackermann becomes first German to take the Giro d’Italia points jersey, while Rafal Majka moves up to sixth place in the general classification.
The Giro d’Italia came to a close today with an individual time trial around Verona. The first 5 km of the 17 km-long course were flat and took place on wide and straight roads. Afterwards, the route kicked up to the 5 per cent steep Torricelle ascent, where the intermediate time check was taken, followed by a 5 km-long bendy descent towards the Roman amphitheatre of Verona. With a time of 22:11 minutes, the European time trial champion V. Campenaerts led the race early. The first BORA - hansgrohe rider to leave the start house was Rudi Selig, followed by his teammate Pascal Ackermann, who crossed the line with a time of 25:06, and by finishing the final stage of the Giro also secured the points jersey. His teammates Michael Schwarzmann and Pawel Poljanski took on the course next, finishing in 23:55 and 24:14 minutes respectively. Cesare Benedetti rolled over the finish line with a time of 24:49. In the meantime, C. Haga set a new best time of 22:07, which was the winning time at the end of the day. Jay McCarthy and Davide Formollo rolled down the start ramp around 30 minutes later. Jay, at that point, had set the 7th best time at the intermediate check and in the end completed the course in 23:16. His Italian teammate Davide arrived in the Amphitheatre of his home town after 23:05 minutes. The last rider of the Raubling squad to start the race against the clock was Rafal Majka, who finished the final stage in 22:47 minutes. The Polish climber could not reach the best time, but displayed a very good performance, and with that, moved up to 6th place in the general classification, less than 7 minutes behind the overall winner R. Carapaz. By the end of the Giro d'Italia, Rafal's teammate Davide maintained his 14 place in the GC. The team completed the race with great success: two stage wins with Pascal Ackermann, another stage victory with Cesare Benedetti, Rafal Majka's top 10 placing in the GC, and a victory in the points classification with Pascal Ackermann, who became the first German to take the Maglia Ciclamino home at the end of a Giro.
01 C. Haga 22:07
02 V. Campernaerts +0:04
03 T. de Gendt +0:06
15 R. Majka +0:40
From the finish line
“Initially I felt like the underdog but now we can see what I can achieve. I am just happy to be part of this team. I have a lot of friends here and they all did an amazing job on all the stages, be it on the flat or in the mountains. They always motivated me out on the road, and also outside of competition. Everybody worked very hard to get these results and I have to really thank them for all their support. I really wanted to participate in the Giro and when I was selected, the confidence that the team placed in me gave me additional motivation to try even harder to achieve more. In the end we did an amazing job and my thanks goes to everyone in this team.” - Pascal Ackermann
“I knew that there could be changes in the overall standings today, and so it was important to put in a good performance in the time trial. In the first, flatter part, I kept some energy in reserve, but on the climb I gave it everything. I had really good legs and was able to overtake Lopez in the general classification. Overall, I think we can be extremely satisfied with three stage victories, as well as the points jersey. I wanted to net a result in the top 5, but can be satisfied with my sixth place too. The whole team worked perfectly together here, supporting Pascal for the sprints, and me in the mountains. The guys did a fantastic job, and that paid off in the end.” - Rafal Majka
“With Rafal Majka’s sixth place, the team secured its best overall placing at a Grand Tour in the existence of the team. In addition, we secured two stage wins with Pascal Ackermann and one with Cesare Benedetti, as well as the points jersey and 8 podium places. This is also the first time that a German takes home the points jersey. We can be very satisfied with this, and the fact that we also brought all 8 riders safely to Verona. The guys worked extremely well over the pats three weeks. BORA - Hansgrohe is a team that generates success together, and not only by virtue of one rider. Special mention to everyone in the team, who contributed to a fantastic atmosphere at this race, as well a the approximately 20 staff and those who worked in the background.” - Jens Zemke, Sports Director