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Press Releases | 18.05.2019

Podium place for Pascal Ackermann on the eighth stage of the Giro d'Italia

The eighth and longest stage of this year’s Giro d’Italia started in Tortoreto Lido and came to a close in Pesaro after 239 km of racing. The first 140 km were comprised of completely flat roads along the Adriatic coast, while the last 80 km traversed over hilly terrain, including three categorised climbs. From the top of the last ascent the route continued on undulating terrain before the riders got on the way on a rather technical descent towards the finishing town. The final 3km into the city centre of Pesaro were flat again. Right from the outset, a duo got away and extended their lead during the day to more than 5:45 minutes. After 100 km in the saddle, BORA-hansgrohe and some other teams moved to the front of the field to control the tempo and as a result the advantage of the leading duo reduced to slightly less than 3 minutes with 80 km to go. At the intermediate sprint Pascal Ackermann collected some more bonus points and extended his lead in the point classification over his nearest rival. With the pace making of Lotto-Soudal, the advantage of the leading duo then tumbled quickly and in the ascent to the final categorised climb, the remaining solo escapee was caught. The field started to break up somewhat on the steeper section of the ascent, but when three riders escaped, the team from Raubling, together with the other sprinter teams led the charge to reel the new leaders back in. With 6 km to the finish, the trio had been caught. It was now that the sprinter teams took their positions at the front, but when Pascal launched his sprint with 200m to go, C. Ewan came out of his slipstream and charged past the German champion to cross the finish line in first position. After a very long day in the saddle, and a display of formidable teamwork, Pascal took third place on the stage and also defended his lead in the points classification.

 

Result

01  C. Ewan           5:43:32

02  E. Viviani            +0:00

03  P. Ackermann     +0:00

10  R. Selig              +0:00

 

From the finish line

“You can’t win every day and I think Caleb was simply the fastest. In the finale, he showed just how strong he is. I don't know if it was a question of positioning today or not. But it was clear that Caleb performed better in the finale today. I’m just happy to be on the podium and retain the points jersey. Tomorrow we’ve got the time trial to contend with and then we have a rest day, before there will be another two stages for the sprinters.” - Pascal Ackermann

 

“It was thanks to the entire team that Pascal was able to contest the win today in the finale, and he’s been able to take the win twice so far. This time, he managed to take third place. However, compliments to the team, which turned themselves inside out so that everything would come back together again after 239km of racing. We were unable to count on help from other teams, because they had already earmarked us as the favourites for the sprint win. All in all, the first week has gone extremely well for us and we can be proud of what he have achieved so far. Now we have to concentrate on our GC riders over the coming days.” - Jens Zemke, Sports Director

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