The third stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour saw an early breakaway and again a bunch sprint. On the last kilometres, the BORA – hansgrohe train put once again Pascal Ackermann into a good position in the lead up to the finale, where he took another podium result. He finished third behind M. Kittel and stage winner P. Bauhaus, and is now fourth in the GC.
The third stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour was the last chance for the sprinters to show their talents. A short 133km stage through the city of Abu Dhabi and their sights, like the Nation Tower and Big Flag awaited the peloton.
The Team Tactics
Pascal Ackermann was once again the man for the finale. The young German sprinter wanted to go for another good result.
A four-man breakaway escaped relatively early into the 133km short stage and built up an advantage of maximum three minutes. The peloton pulled hard and with 53km remaining the escapees were caught. On the last 30km the teams rode together and started slowly to form their sprint trains. The race came alive on the last 5km, as the sprinter teams fought for their positions. On the last metres, BORA – hansgrohe sprinter Pascal Ackermann had to go from the right to the left side and had to start his sprint very early. In a thrilling finish he crossed the line next to P. Bauhaus and M. Kittel. The photo finish had to decide the winner of stage 3 at the Abu Dhabi Tour. It was P. Bauhaus (Team Sunweb), who took the stage win ahead of M. Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin). BORA – hansgrohe sprinter Pascal finished again in third place. With this strong result once again, Pascal moved up fourth in the general classification.
From the Finish Line
“It was again a good effort from our young sprinter. The team worked very well together and brought him in a good position for the finale. I think we can be satisfied with these two podium results so far. ” – Enrico Poitschke, sports director
“I want to say thank my team, they supported and protected me the whole day. The finale was very fast and frantic but I am happy with my result.”– Pascal Ackermann