Pascal Ackermann is gradually gaining momentum in the sprints at the Giro d’Italia. In Naples it is enough for third place. World champion Remco Evenepoel has apparently put away his two falls from the previous day.
Pascal Ackermann has sprinted to third place on stage six of the 106th Giro d’Italia.
The Palatinate, who four years ago had won two stages and the points classification in the second largest tour in the world, only had to admit defeat to the Danish winner Mads Pedersen and the Italian Jonathan Milan in a mass sprint after 162 kilometers with start and finish in Naples .
Road bike world champion Remco Evenepoel apparently coped well with the two painful falls of the previous day and reached the finish line without losing any time. The Norwegian Andreas Leknessund still wears the pink jersey with a lead of 28 seconds on Evenepoel.
The young Belgian star was only brought down by a dog on Wednesday, but then it hit him again shortly before the finish. “I have pain in my back and some big bruises. I have a big black spot on my back that consists of blood,” said the 23-year-old, but he reassured: “That’s life, that’s cycling. So you have to we bypass. I slept well the night.”
First mountain arrival is pending
On Friday, however, the first mountain finish in Gran Sasso d’Italia at 2130 meters will show whether the big favorite is actually in full possession of his strength. Then the German Randfahrt hope Lennard Kämna has to prove himself. After a bumpy opening time trial, the former junior world champion is currently 1:54 minutes behind Leknessund in the overall standings.
In contrast to the day before, the field was spared spectacular crashes in dry conditions on Thursday. However, the bad road conditions kept causing defects. Time trial Olympic champion Primoz Roglic (Slovenia) and former British tour winner Geraint Thomas were also affected.
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