Hodeg spoils Ackermann’s home bid in reborn Tour of Germany opening stage

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Alvaro Hodeg

Alvaro Hodeg pushed his wheel past Pascal Ackermann in the sprint to win the opening stage of the Tour of Germany in Bonn on Thursday.

With the stage race in his home country resuming after a 10-year hiatus, Ackermann launched his bid for glory several hundred metres from the finish of the 157-kilometre ride from Koblenz.

Even though two great German sprinters Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) and Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) are in the race, it was two youngsters who gave chase.

Hodeg came late and did just enough to win in a photo finish. Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida) was half a wheel back in third.

“I knew the best sprinters were here like Greipel and Kittel,” Hodeg tsaid. “It was a great feeling to beat all these great sprinters.”

Greipel finished sixth as Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas and runner-up Tom Dumoulin finished safely with the peloton.

Tour of Germany 2018 Рstage 1 results (Koblenz РBonn):

1Alvaro Hodeg (Quick-Step Floors)

4:38:36

2Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe)

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3Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida)

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4Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (Dimension Data)

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5Alexander Krieger (Leopard Pro Cycling)

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6Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal)

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7Aaron Grosser (Team Sauerland NRW p/b SKS Germany)

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8Colin Joyce (Rally Cycling)

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9Rick Zabel (Katusha-Alpecin)

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10Kristian Sbaragli (Israel Cycling Academy)

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