Pascal Ackermann claims stage one in Tour of Poland

Pascal Ackermann (Bora–hansgrohe) prevailed in the sprint to win the first stage in the Tour of Poland, surging past Fernando Gaviria (UAE-Team Emirates) in the closing stretch

This victory has earned Ackermann the first yellow jersey as leader in the 2019 edition of the Tour de Pologne, as well as the white jersey as best sprinter.

This is Ackermann’s third career victory in Poland, his seventh in the 2019 season, with highlights that include two stages in the Giro d’Italia and the ciclamino jersey as best sprinter in the Corsa Rosa.

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) was brought down in a crash in the final 5km, though was able to ride to the finish. The Manxman got back on his bike, seemingly unscathed, but would not contest the bunch sprint.

“The game here in Krakow was over the top, I think it’s great for me to be the winner and also the finish was amazing for me and I think… I already did it last year and I knew how to race here. I spoke with my lead-out man Rudy Selig and I said to him we have to stay really calm and I’d say we did perfect today. Now the pressure is on; we’ve won one stage and now we’ll try to continue like this,” said Pascal Ackermann.

Tour of Poland 2019 – stage 1 results (Kraków – Kraków):

1Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe)

2:57:58

2Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates)

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3Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

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4Maximilian Walscheid (Team Sunweb)

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5Danny van Poppel (Jumbo-Visma)

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6Jakub Mareczko (CCC)

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7Sacha Modolo (EF Education First)

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8Paweł Franczak (Poland)

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9John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo)

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10Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott)

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Tour of Poland 2019 – general classification after stage 1:

1Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe)

2:57:58

2Jakub Kaczmarek (Pol) Poland

+03”

3Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates)

+04”

4Charles Planet (Novo Nordisk)

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5Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

+06”

6Adrian Kurek (Poland)

+07”

7Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida)

+09”

8Quentin Jauregui (AG2R La Mondiale)

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9Maximilian Walscheid (Team Sunweb)

+10”

10Danny van Poppel (Jumbo-Visma)

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