Ackermann takes out German road race title

Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins the German title

Pascal Ackermann of Bora-Hansgrohe continued his successful season by winning the bunch sprint in the German national road race. He topped the country's better-known sprinters, with John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) second and Max Walscheid (Sunweb) third. Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) was fourth, with Marcel Kittel still struggling for his form in 10th. Bora-Hansgrohe's goal was to keep the title within the team. "[2017 champion] Marcus Burghardt said he would love to hand over the jersey to me," the 24-year-old Ackermann said after the race. "But it still feels a little surreal now wearing it. "We knew that it was key to go into the last corner already in front. My team did a great job to deliver me in a perfect position. I still had Rudi (Selig) in front of me coming on to the home straight, basically I just had to roll over the line then." The German field took ...

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