The second stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour ended with another bunch sprint. After the breakaway of the day was caught, the sprinter teams started to form their lead-out. BORA – hansgrohe sprinter Pascal Ackermann was more than motivated, on the finale metres he increased the pace and sprinted to third place. E. Viviani took the stage win ahead of D. Van Poppel.
Stage 2 was another stage for the sprinters. The race covered 154 km from Yas Mal to Yas Beach with two intermediate sprints, along the Yas Marina Circuit and Yas Waterfalls. The only problem was crosswind on the final km today.
The Team Tactics
Like yesterday, the German squad focused on their young sprinter Pascal Ackermann and Erik Baska as his last lead-out man. After missing the chance for a good result yesterday, Pascal was more than motivated to achieve a top result today.
Directly after the start, a group of five riders formed the breakaway of the day and after some kilometres, the advantage increased to more than three minutes. BORA – hansgrohe stayed conscious in the peloton to save energy for the finale. With the gap dropping steadily, it was all back together with 47km remaining. Due to the heavy crosswind the race split into three groups. BORA – hansgrohe sprinter Pascal Ackermann was able to stay in the front group. His teammates were only some seconds behind, however the chasing group joined the front group after some kilometres. Therefore all BORA – hansgrohe riders were back together. As the race headed into the finale, the pace was high and the teams started to form their lead-out. BORA – hansgrohe was more than motivated after yesterday´s result, the team worked very well together and protected Pascal until the last metres. In a hard battle Pascal gave his best and sprinted to a strong third place only some millimetres behind of D. Van Poppel, who finished second. E. Viviani took the stage win.
From the Finish Line
“I think we can be satisfied with Pascal´s third place today, on the last corner he was a little bit in the back and had to go a long way, in that case it’s really a good result for him. I think everyone could see, that he is able to go for the victory. ” – Enrico Poitschke, sports director
“On the last corner I was in the back, so I had to pull hard to go to the front. After yesterday I wanted to achieve a good result. I am really happy with my third place but tomorrow will be another chance and I will try it again.” – Pascal Ackermann