Ackermann Quickly Proves He Deserved Bora's Giro D’Italia Sprint Spot

Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) celebrates as he crosses the line

Pascal Ackermann quickly showed that Bora-Hansgrohe made the right decision to give him their sprinter spot for the Giro d’Italia ahead of Ireland’s Sam Bennett, winning the first mass finish in Fucecchio with impressive show of speed and confidence. Bennett won three stages in last year’s Giro d’Italia and with Peter Sagan leading the team at the Tour de France he was hoping to return again in 2019. However, the Bora-Hansgrohe management made it clear that 25-year-old Ackermann would get the spot, with his German national champion’s jersey apparently a key factor for the German team. "It wasn’t easy for the team to decide who should go to the Giro d’Italia but I think they went for me because I’m younger and did some good performances last year," Ackermann said, clearly ecstatic to have won the first Giro d’Italia sprint on his Grand Tour debut. "I wanted to ride a ...

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