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Press Releases | 21.10.2019

Fifth stage of the Gree-Tour of Guangxi brings yet another second place for Pascal Ackermann

Today’s penultimate stage was the longest of this year's race, featuring a 212.2 km-long course from Liuzhou to Guilin. It was a challenging stage, with four classified climbs dotting the parcours. Fairly soon after the start, a quartet managed to escape and ride out an advantage of over three minutes after 20 km of racing. The gap increased to around 5 minutes until BORA - hansgrohe combined forces at the head of the peloton with Deceuninck - Quickstep and Mitchelton - SCOTT to chase down the leaders in earnest. Ahead of the last three climbs, which came in quick succession over a distance of around 30 km, the advantage stood at slightly over one minute. On the last ascent, it was finally over for the breakaway, and a small group of riders decided to launch an attack, however they were soon caught by a chase group containing Pascal Ackermann, Max Schachmann and Felix Großschartner. A few kilometres later, everything came back together, and BORA - hansgrohe, with Shane Archbold, controlled the race to keep the tempo high ahead of the finale. Over the last two kilometres, the sprint train of the squad from Raubling came into formation in a bid to launch Pascal Ackermann to a second stage win. Yet as Gaviria launched his sprint over the final few hundred metres, Pascal was unable to overtake him and finished second behind the Colombian rider. With his third second place of this year’s race, however, our German sprinter retains his lead in the points classification.

 

Result

01 F. Gaviria                  5:13:42

02 P. Ackermann              +0:00

03 M. Trentin                    +0:00

04 P. Bauhaus                  +0:00       

 

From the finish line

“I was able to get over the last climb together with Felix and Max, but it wasn’t necessarily an easy feat. Over the last kilometres, the team worked very well together. The guys rode at the front of the peloton to keep the pace high ahead of the sprint. In the finale, I followed the wheel of Gaviria. That wasn’t necessarily a bad choice, but today he had the faster turn of speed in the end, and I wasn’t able to pull past him. We now have three second places at this race, and while we obviously were riding for the win today, the result isn’t too bad.” - Pascal Ackermann

 

“We controlled the race with the aim of getting a good result with Pascal. Today there was a four-man group which escaped, and was able to get an advantage of 5 minutes maximum. We were part of the chase effort, together with Mitchelton - SCOTT and Sunweb, and ahead of the climbs, the gap became quite small so we didn’t need to invest so much energy into the pace setting. At that point, we concentrated on bringing the guys into a good position on the last two ascents, and they did that very effectively. After the final climb, a group of 11 riders managed to escape, followed by a chase group of 8 riders, including Pascal. However, it all came back together again, and we ended up with all of our riders at the front of a field of about 80 riders in the last 10 km. Everything went quite well, but in the finale, Gaviria was simply the fastest. All in all, a good performance from the guys, and we’ll have yet another chance for a stage win tomorrow.” - Enrico Poitschke, Sports Director

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