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Press Releases | 17.10.2019

Pipped to the post: Pascal Ackermann nets second place on the Tour of Guangxi opener

BORA - hansgrohe took on the first stage today of the Gree-Tour of Guangxi, the final WorldTour race of the season. The third edition of the six-day Chinese race took the riders on a sprinter-friendly parcours around the southern part of China. The 135.6km-long route around Beihai consisted of three laps of the port city with three small climbs along the way, which, however, would not pose any significant challenges. Immediately after the start, a trio went clear, but the field remained attentive and didn’t let the elastic snap on this group, which was only able to attain an advantage of around two minutes. Shane Archbold was consistently active at the head of the peloton, and the gap to the leaders was down to a minute with 45km remaining. A few kilometres later, a soloist escaped from the leading trio, but the field was once again onto this move, and his attack remained in vain. Shortly afterwards, several riders attempted to break free from the peloton, but BORA - hansgrohe rode actively at the head of the peloton, with the German champion Max Schachmann countering many of these attacks. With 10km remaining, two riders escaped from the field and managed to gain a slight advantage, but back in the main field, the sprinter teams took up the chase in earnest and their attack again remained fruitless. The opening stage came down to the expected bunch sprint, and in the finishing straight, F. Gaviria managed to find the wheel of Pascal Ackermann. After a strong lead-out from Rudi Selig, the German sprinter was ahead of the bunch gallop with 300m to go, but was ever so slightly pipped at the post by the Colombian rider.

 

Result

01 F. Gaviria                       02:53:42

02 P. Ackermann                     +0:00

03 M. Trentin                           +0:00        

04 P. Bauhaus                         +0:00

 

From the finish line

“We wanted to control the stage, and we managed to achieve this. The guys always rode at the front of the peloton and kept the gap to the breakaway within a reasonable distance. Rudi prepared me well for the final sprint, but I might have started slightly a bit too early. As a result, Gaviria was able to overtake me from behind, over the last few metres, and take the win, but it was very close. Having said that, there are still more chances to fight for the stage win here, and now we’ve seen that the team is in good shape, so we’re optimistic about the upcoming days.” ­ Pascal Ackermann

 

“Today we rode in support of Pascal for the final sprint, so we wanted only a small group to get away. This plan worked out, with only three riders having ridden clear. With assistance from UAE Team Emirates and Bahrain – Merida, we were able to control the race at the right time and take over the pace setting work. Around 40km ahead of the finish, two of the original escapees were reeled back in, and shortly afterwards the last rider up front was also forced to give in. With 45km remaining, several riders launched attacks, but our team, particularly Michael Schwarzmann, Max Schachmann and Felix Großschartner, remained attentive. On the last climb, we tried to ride at the head of the field, because we had expected potential moves to come there. The guys executed this plan perfectly and, all in all, they rode a good race today. In the final sprint, Rudi brought Pascal into a good position, but there may have been a slight error in coordination at this point, and Pascal launched his sprint slightly too early, and Gaviria was able to overtake him over the final few metres. In addition, we also unfortunately started the race with only six riders, with Andreas Schillinger unable to participate due to health reasons. However, after today’s performance, we’re still very motivated for the upcoming stages.” – Enrico Poitschke, Sports Director

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