Pascal Ackermann sprints to third place at Volta ao Algarve opener.
Today, the 45th edition of the Volta ao Algarve started with its longest stage. Nearly 200 undulating kilometers from Portimão to Lagos awaited the peloton. From the drop of the flag, five riders attacked and opened up a three-minute gap, but the peloton controlled the gap from the beginning, holding the breakaway on a short leash. Also BORA – hansgrohe was quite active in the bunch, working for their German Champion Pascal Ackermann. With 22k to go, the last two guys at the front were caught and all was set up for a bunch sprint. When the peloton approached the finale, the sprinter teams started their lead-outs and also BORA - hansgrohe organized their train for Pascal Ackermann, who won the Clásica de Almeria last Sunday. A big crash 7k before the finish created even more excitement, and unfortunately BORA – hansgrohe’s GC contender Patrick Konrad was involved. He was able to get back on the bike without any injuries but lost crucial time for the overall ranking. His teammates however, continued riding at the front of the race for the German National Champion, leading a peloton that was down to only 40 riders. Jempy Drucker and Rudi Selig fought hard to bring their captain into a good position, but in a frantic finale, it was almost impossible to lead Pascal out perfectly. In the end it was F. Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quickstep) who did choose the best line today, beating A. Démare for the victory. After giving it his best, Pascal Ackermann finished third in Lagos today.
01 F. Jakobsen 4:52:59
02 A. Démare +0:00
03 P. Ackermann +0:00
From the Finish Line
“It was a really good day for us until the crash in the final kilometers. Our GC contender hit the ground. Luckily, he was able to continue the race without any injuries, but lost time for the overall ranking. Pascal managed to sprint to third place. Of course, we wanted to go for the victory and the guys did an amazing job, but you can’t win every day and a podium spot is also a result we can be happy with.” – Christian Pömer, Sports Director
"It was a very fast and hectic finale. Unfortunately, Patrick crashed with many others and lost time for the GC.
I finished third, of course I wanted to win but we will try it again." - Pascal Ackermann