Ackermann, seated and glued to the fence, prevails in the sprint

The German achieved a spectacular comeback in the volata to overtake Gaviria and be the first leader after the opening day of the Italian Adriatic Tirreno.


On the same dates as the Tour de France, the Tirreno-Adriatico started, full of riders who aim to prepare for the Giro d'Italia, which starts on October 3. It will be eight stages on the Italian roads and without the current defender of the title, Primoz Roglic, who currently leads the Tour. Coinciding with the first day of rest of the Grande Boucle, 'La Carrera de los Dos Mares' started. The first winner was Pascal Ackermann, who starred in one of the biggest sprint comebacks this season. The German began to climb positions by sprinting seated and advancing through the narrow space between the fences and the rest of the runners. He beat Colombian Gaviria by a few millimeters.

"It is true that the hole was small, but I managed. I finally won, since in the last tests I had accumulated several places of honor," said the German at the finish line in the coastal city of Camaoire, in the region of the Tuscany. The last survivors of the day's escape were the Swiss Simon Pellaud (Androni) and the German Paul Martens (Jumbo Visma). Both were neutralized 18 kilometers from the finish line after the push by Deceuninck and Bora, among other teams, interested in sprinting. With 1.5 kilometers to go, there was a fall in the center of the group that left less than thirty runners in the peloton that would play the victory. This mishap ended with the possible options of Cortina and Aranburu to fight for the stage when they were cut off.

For the favorites, they saved the day, such as Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome, who were left without a place in the British squad for the Tour. Giulio Ciccone, who was one of the tricks of the Trek for the general, could not run after testing positive for coronavirus. Among the Spanish, the first to cross the finish line was Albert Torres. For this Tuesday, a new day for sprinters is expected with 201 kilometers with several ascents, not scoring, between the towns of Camaoire and Follonica, which will witness (in theory) another volata on the shores of the Tyrrhenian Sea. (Check here all the favorites and the Spanish participants) .

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