Tour de France: “Starting from the bottom”: Ackermann’s tactics for stage victory

Tour de France: “Starting from the bottom”: Ackermann’s tactics for stage victory
Tour de France: “Starting from the bottom”: Ackermann’s tactics for stage victory

There is still more to come. Pascal Ackermann wants to pull off the big coup at the Tour de France, his first stage win. The chances are getting smaller, but in his opinion the opponents are also getting weaker.

Pascal Ackermann wants to use the increasing weakness of the sprint competition to achieve his long-awaited first stage win at the Tour de France. “I started at the bottom here at the Tour and have grown a step every day. I hope that it will be enough. I am very optimistic,” said the 30-year-old after his third place in Saint-Amand-Montrond. The Palatinate rider had previously finished sixth and fourth.

A stage win would be the crowning achievement of his Tour debut, which Ackermann had to wait so long for. “It’s just a great feeling to be in the Tour. But I want to show what I can really do,” said the former German champion. And sprinters are measured primarily by victories.

Team change brought Ackermann to the Tour

Ackermann has noticed increasing fatigue among his competitors. “You could see that many riders were already exhausted. Some sprint trains were no longer there, but we were all there,” stressed Ackermann. There could still be three opportunities for him. On paper, sprint finishes are scheduled for Thursday in Villeneuve-sur-Lot, the next day in Pau and next Tuesday in Nîmes.

It was hardly likely that Ackermann would even make it to the Tour. Despite many successes, the fast man was always ignored by his former team Bora-hansgrohe for the squad for the big loop. Then came the switch to Tadej Pogacar’s UAE team, which had no room for sprinters in the Tour. The move to the Israel-Premier Tech team has now paid off.

Sometimes, however, Ackermann still has to pinch himself to remember that he is actually there. “I’ve waited eight years for this. It’s simply a childhood dream,” said the multiple Giro stage winner. “Today I saw Didi Senft on the side of the road and thought to myself, I saw him there 25 years ago too.” Senft, known as the Tour devil, is accompanying the biggest race in decades and cheering on the peloton in a devil costume.

Source: Stern

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