Pascal Ackermann made a perfect start on the German tour and drove to the opening in the red jersey of the overall leader. The 25-year-old won the first leg from Hanover to Halberstadt, earning his first victory in the race. On the flat finish straight in the Harz was Ackermann after 169 kilometers with his enormous top speed unbeatable and prevailed before the Norwegian Alexander Kristoff and the Italian Simone Consonni.
"It was a damn hard sprint, my team did a great job and it all went perfectly," said Ackermann, who thanked his colleagues Emanuel Buchmann and Co. after his victory. The home win had a special touch for him: "For Germany it was a mega-mood - that was even more than last year - now we have reached our goal and are watching day after day, the pressure is gone, now we can Have fun."
The German Bora hansgrohe team, for whom Buchmann had finished fourth overall in the Tour de France in July, continues his sporting high-altitude flight. For Ackermann goes to victories in the cycling classic Frankfurt-Eschborn, two-day successes at the Giro d'Italia and the bronze medal at the European Championships an incredible success in 2019 on. Overall, he has now retracted nine victories in the season.