Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe) won the opening stage of the Tour of Slovenia in Rogaška Slatina today.
The German champion finished the 171km route that started in Ljubljana in a time of 4:04:58.
Second across the line was Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data), with Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates) completing the podium.
Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott) came in fourth, while Andrea Vendrame (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) placed fifth.
“I think it was my longest sprint ever. I started with 500 metres to go because Mezgec from the back with high speed and I just had to go for a long sprint. I was so happy to cross the finish line,” said Ackermann, who takes the first overall leader’s jersey of the race.
“After the Giro I recovered well and I also got a boost from my first Grand Tour. On the climbs I had fun today.”
Tour of Slovenia 2019 – stage 1 results (Ljubljana – Rogaška Slatina):
|1||Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe)|
|2||Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data)|
|3||Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates)|
|4||Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott)|
|5||Andrea Vendrame (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec)|
|6||Rui Oliveira (UAE Team Emirates)|
|7||Grega Bole (Bahrain-Merida)|
|8||Jérémy Leveau (Delko Marseille Provence)|
|9||Kristian Sbaragli (Israel Cycling Academy)|
|10||Umberto Marengo (Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM)|