According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Pascal Ackermann has a good chance to race for a different team next season with UAE Team Emirates in pole position to sign the German sprinter.
The 27-year-old has been racing for Bora-hansgrohe since 2017 and has grown into one of the fastest sprinters in the current peloton. He was successful in the Giro d’Italia (two stage victories and the points jersey), Vuelta a Espana (two stage victories), Tirreno-Adriatico and he won the Brussels Cycling Classic.
Fernando Gaviria’s contract with UAE is expiring at the end of the year and he’s currently unwilling to renew its commitment, according to sources. If the Colombian leaves the team, there will then be room at UAE to attract a new top sprinter like Ackermannn.
This may change if Gaviria achieves some good results in the coming races and in this way convinces the UAE Team Emirates management of his qualities. That might also be good news for Gaviria’s lead out partner Maximiliano Richeze. The Argentinian’s (38) contract is normally not renewed but if Gaviria stays, there is one more option for Richeze to continue.