Pascal Ackermann offers the first stage, Jasper Stuyven fifth


Pascal Ackermann won the first stage of the Tour of Germany, Thursday, between Hannover and Halberstadt (167 km). Germany's Bora-Hansgrohe won the sprint ahead of two UAE Team Emirates riders, the Norwegian Alexander Kristoff and the Italian Simone Consonni. Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) took fifth place.

The Germans Nikodemus Holler (Bike Aid) and Joshua Huppertz (Lotto-Kern Haus), the Russian Igor Boev (Gazprom-Rusvelo) and the French Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo) were the adventurers of the day.

The last survivor of the breakaway, Bernard, was caught 12 km from the line. The massive sprint was dominated by Ackermann. The 25-year-old German wins the 18th success of his career, the ninth of his season. He advanced Kristoff and Consonni. Stuyven is fifth. Ackermann is also the first leader of the general with 4 seconds on Kristoff and 6 on Consonni.

On Friday, the 2nd leg will connect Marburg to Göttingen (202 km). Back in the calendar last year after ten years of absence due to doping cases, the Tour of Germany is in its 34th edition. Matej Mohoriit had imposed itself last year. Four stages are on the menu this year.

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