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Press Releases | 03.10.2019

Pascal Ackermann takes a strong second place in a rain-soaked sprint finish at the Münsterland Giro

Today saw the 14th edition of the Münsterland Giro. The course of approximately 200 km led from Emsdetten to Münster, before taking the peloton towards the finish line at the Münster Schlossplatz. Compared to last year’s race, the parcours was not as flat, and so lent itself to a sprint finish in the inner city of Münster. A five-man breakaway was the first to get away at the start of the race, with the field letting the escapees go on to ride out an advantage of 6 minutes. The quintet stayed well ahead in the second half of the race, however, under the pace that was set by BORA - hansgrohe, the gap had been reduced to under one minute with 70 km remaining. Under heavy rainfall, a small group attempted to give chase after the break, but their attempts ultimately remained in vain. Shortly thereafter, the leading group fell apart and the remaining escapees were reabsorbed by the peloton with 50km of racing left. In the last quarter of the race, several riders tried to escape the field, but the BORA - hansgrohe riders remained attentive to these moves, meaning that no one was able to successfully break free from the peloton, until one rider launched a solo attack 20km ahead of the finish line. After a hard chase by the sprinters’ teams, he was eventually caught on the final lap as the sprint preparations began in earnest ahead of a fast showdown. In the finale, Pascal Ackermann came from behind to position himself well, but was narrowly pipped on the line by A. Hodeg and finished in a strong second place.

 

Result

01 A. Hodeg                4:26:39

02 P. Ackermann             +0:00

03 T. Merlier                    +0:00

04 F. Gaviria                    +0:00

 

From the finish line

“We had a plan today and I think we could have pulled it off, but the race was made difficult due to the wet and cold weather. The guys rode at the head of the peloton and controlled the race well, and we prepared ourselves as well as possible for the final sprint under the conditions. However, they did a lot of work during the day and we didn’t have enough riders remaining in the end to achieve an optimal position in the finishing straight, and so I had to launch my sprint further back. I was also a bit boxed in and didn’t have a clear path until later on. In the end, I didn’t have enough left in the tank to pull past Hodeg, although it was very close. I’m in good form and so I’m a little disappointed with my second place, but that’s bike racing and you have to take these situations as they come.” - Pascal Ackermann

 

“The race went how we expected it to. Unfortunately, the bad weather and the cold led to us having not as many riders as we’d have liked in the finale. We had a depleted squad in the last 500 m, and so we were not able to prepare the finish perfectly for Pascal, who then had to launch his sprint from too far back. It ultimately wasn’t enough to secure the win, and as such we have to be satisfied with second place” - André Schulze, Sports Director

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