Tirreno-Adriatico: Pascal Ackermann wins stage 2

Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe) won stage 2 of the Tirreno-Adriatico, outpowering a trio of rivals in the final dash in Follonica.

The German sprinter opened up the sprint early and went head-to-head with Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates), Rick Zabel (Israel Start-Up Nation) and Davide Ballerini (Deceuninck-QuickStep). The race leader had just about enough power to cross the line in first, as Gaviria took another second place and Zabel rounded off the podium.

Ackermann, who produced a daredevil manoeuver on a way to stage 1 victory on Monday, could not afford to be zigzagging in today’s finish. The German went early but had enough in the tank and could raise his hand at the line for the sixth time this year, second time in the WorldTour race.

“I was strong all the time but I just missed a bit of luck. Maybe I wasn’t really 100 per cent trusting my lead-out guys because we never found this year. But we spoke before [the race], we changed something and now I think you can see the difference. And also the shift in my head is on now," Ackermann said at the finish line.

“This was a different sprint, another long one for me because I was too early in the wind, then I went back and then I said 'OK, just go and try how far you come'. It was the perfect length. I look forward to Saturday but tomorrow I will rest. It is a hard stage and I need to recover a bit: I was sick last week and was only one day on my bike.”

How it unfolded

The breathtaking four-man sprint in the final stood in stark contrast to the entire stage that preceded it. The peloton gathered in Italy and headed south on the second day of Tirreno-Adriatico, leaving Camaiore for Follonica, a town located on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea in Tuscany. 

The 201km route raced through provinces of Livorno, Pisa and Grossetto, and offered no significant obstacles, and the breakaway was expected to battle for points on the day’s only categorized climb in Castellina Marittima (98km) and the intermediate sprint that followed in Canneto (137km), both located on short ascents.

Nicola Bagioli (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec), Umberto Orsini (Bardiani-CSF-Faizane), Edoardo Zardini (Vini Zabu-KTM) and Marco Canola (Gazprom-Rusvelo) formed an all-Italian breakaway of the day. The quarter built up a lead of 4:30 after 30 kilometres of racing but couldn’t extend the gap any further.

The peloton left marshalling duties to Bora-hansgrohe riders who were hoping to once again provide a launchpad for Pascal Ackermann’s ambitions. The German team therefore kept things under control and stabilised the gap at the two-and-a-half mark midway through the stage. Bagioli meanwhile took points in both the mountains and points classifications but the group was down to three riders as Canola sat up after the categorized climb.

There was little willingness to push on among the three leaders as the road flattened and no more prizes were in sight. The peloton wasn’t going to rush things either and the gap started yo-yoing from 50 seconds to 1:30 with 45 kilometres remaining.

The game of cat and mouse lasted for some time and only in the final 40 kilometres the bunch upped its training ride pace. Orsini was the last man standing in the way of the sprinters: after a solo move with 26 kilometres remaining, he managed to hold his ground for the next nine kilometres before being collected by the peloton.

Led by Ineos Grenadiers, Bora-hangrohe and CCC Team, the bunch navigated the streets of Follonica carefully, this time avoiding incidents. Turns taken at the front by Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) and Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) stretched out the field but coming into the last two kilometres Deceuninck-QuickStep and Israel Start-Up Nation teams looked best set for the final sprint, with Davide Ballerini and Davide Cimolai in the wheels.

The race leader stayed attentive, too. Ackermann’s blue jersey flashed at the front, almost in hesitation, and the German champion, alone at this point, led the charges with 200 metres to go. Out in the wind a bit too early, he decided to push on and launched his sprint around Ballerini, coming to the front on the right side of the road and seeing five rivals line up to his left. It was an all-in gamble but the 26-year-old timed his effort well and held off the competition by half a wheel.

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Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 5:01:53
2Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) UAE Team Emirates
3Rick Zabel (Ger) Israel Start-Up Nation
4Davide Ballerini (Ita) Deceuninck-Quickstep
5Tim Merlier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
6Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Start-Up Nation
7Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Total Direct Energie
8Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
9Florian Vermeersch (Bel) Lotto Soudal
10Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
11Imerio Cima (Ita) Gazprom-Rusvelo
12Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) EF Pro Cycling
13Carlos Barbero (Spa) NTT Pro Cycling
14Alberto Dainese (Ita) Team Sunweb
15Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep
16Silvan Dillier (Swi) AG2R la Mondiale
17Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal
18Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
19Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb
20Piet Allegaert (Bel) Cofidis
21Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Movistar Team
22Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
23Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Pro Cycling
24Enrico Gasparotto (Swi) NTT Pro Cycling
25Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) UAE Team Emirates
26Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R la Mondiale
27Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
28Romain Seigle (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
29Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb
30Ruben Guerreiro (Por) EF Pro Cycling
31Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb
32Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) CCC Team
33Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
34Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
35Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma
36Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
37Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Alpecin-Fenix
38Michael Woods (Can) EF Pro Cycling
39Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates
40Andrea Vendrame (Ita) AG2R la Mondiale
41Georg Zimmermann (Ger) CCC Team
42Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM
43Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
44Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Lotto Soudal
45Davide Gabburo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
46Victor De la Parte (Spa) CCC Team
47Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb
48Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott
49Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain McLaren
50Fausto Masnada (Ita) Deceuninck-Quickstep
51Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
52Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
53Stefano Oldani (Ita) Lotto Soudal
54Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
55Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
56Ivan Garcia Cortina (Spa) Bahrain McLaren
57Giovanni Lonardi (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
58Timo Roosen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
59Edoardo Affini (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott
60Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep
61Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
62Szymon Sajnok (Pol) CCC Team
63Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb
64Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
65Josip Rumac (Cro) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
66Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Pro Cycling
67Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
68Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) UAE Team Emirates
69Mathieu Van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix
70Denis Nekrasov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
71Julien Vermote (Bel) Cofidis
72Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana Pro Team
73Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
74Fabio Felline (Ita) Astana Pro Team
75Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain McLaren
76Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Bahrain McLaren
77Luca Wackermann (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM
78Simone Velasco (Ita) Gazprom-Rusvelo
79Matteo Jorgenson (USA) Movistar Team
80James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-Quickstep
81Rein Taaramäe (Est) Total Direct Energie
82Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Movistar Team
83Amanuel Gebreigzabhier (Eri) NTT Pro Cycling
84Simon Pellaud (Swi) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
85Jhonatan Restrepo Valencia (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
86Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
87Alex Dowsett (GBr) Israel Start-Up Nation
88Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Total Direct Energie
89Cameron Meyer (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
90Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
91Attilio Viviani (Ita) Cofidis
92Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
93Aleksei Rybalkin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
94Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
95Fabio Mazzucco (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
96Davide Villella (Ita) Movistar Team
97Louis Meintjes (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling
98Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
99Jaakko Hanninen (Fin) AG2R la Mondiale
100Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Pro Cycling
101Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team Sunweb
102Marco Frapporti (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM
103William Barta (USA) CCC Team
104Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Astana Pro Team
105Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
106Edward Dunbar (Irl) Ineos Grenadiers
107Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Start-Up Nation
108Oscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Spa) Astana Pro Team
109Jonathan Caicedo (Ecu) EF Pro Cycling
110Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain McLaren
111Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
112Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma
113Hector Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team
114Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale
115Brent Bookwalter (USA) Mitchelton-Scott
116Pieter Weening (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
117Benjamin Dyball (Aus) NTT Pro Cycling
118Lawrence Warbasse (USA) AG2R la Mondiale
119Juan Diego Alba Bolivar (Col) Movistar Team
120Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
121Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) CCC Team
122Niki Terpstra (Ned) Total Direct Energie
123Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Movistar Team
124Daniel Savini (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
125Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
126Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Israel Start-Up Nation
127Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana Pro Team
128Yuriy Natarov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
129Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
130Kilian Frankiny (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
131Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM
132Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
133Kobe Goossens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
134Matthew Holmes (GBr) Lotto Soudal
135Veljko Stojnic (Srb) Vini Zabu' KTM
136Antonio Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
137Samuele Battistella (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling
138Chris Froome (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
139Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
140Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team Emirates
141Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain McLaren
142Julien Simon (Fra) Total Direct Energie
143Filippo Ganna (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
144James Mitri (NZl) Vini Zabu' KTM
145Francesco Romano (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
146Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) CCC Team
147Paul Martens (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma
148Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
149Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
150Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cofidis
151Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:30
152Alexander Cataford (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation
153Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal
154Alex Kirsch (Lux) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:35
155Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis 0:00:53
156Juan Sebastian Molano Benavides (Col) UAE Team Emirates
157Marco Canola (Ita) Gazprom-Rusvelo 0:00:55
158Adrien Petit (Fra) Total Direct Energie 0:01:04
159Iljo Keisse (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:01:09
160Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale 0:01:40
161Victor Campenaerts (Bel) NTT Pro Cycling 0:01:49
162Matthias Brändle (Aut) Israel Start-Up Nation
163Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis 0:01:56
164Nathan Haas (Aus) Cofidis 0:02:01
165Stijn Steels (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:02:41
166Rohan Dennis (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers 0:04:05
167Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 0:04:28
168Dries De Bondt (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
169Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain McLaren
170Mikkel Bjerg (Den) UAE Team Emirates 0:05:46
171Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Total Direct Energie 0:06:42
172Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM
173Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
174Umberto Orsini (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
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Sprint 1: Canneto - km 137
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 5
2Umberto Orsini (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 3
3Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM 2
4Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 1
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Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 12
2Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) UAE Team Emirates 10
3Rick Zabel (Ger) Israel Start-Up Nation 8
4Davide Ballerini (Ita) Deceuninck-Quickstep 7
5Tim Merlier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 6
6Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Start-Up Nation 5
7Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Total Direct Energie 4
8Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 3
9Florian Vermeersch (Bel) Lotto Soudal 2
10Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 1
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Mountain 1: Castellina Marittima - km 97.7
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 5
2Marco Canola (Ita) Gazprom-Rusvelo 3
3Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM 2
4Umberto Orsini (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 1
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Young riders
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Florian Vermeersch (Bel) Lotto Soudal 5:01:53
2Imerio Cima (Ita) Gazprom-Rusvelo
3Alberto Dainese (Ita) Team Sunweb
4Piet Allegaert (Bel) Cofidis
5Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb
6Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
7Georg Zimmermann (Ger) CCC Team
8Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb
9Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
10Stefano Oldani (Ita) Lotto Soudal
11Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
12Ivan Garcia Cortina (Spa) Bahrain McLaren
13Giovanni Lonardi (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
14Edoardo Affini (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott
15Szymon Sajnok (Pol) CCC Team
16Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb
17Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
18Mathieu Van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix
19Denis Nekrasov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
20Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana Pro Team
21Simone Velasco (Ita) Gazprom-Rusvelo
22Matteo Jorgenson (USA) Movistar Team
23James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-Quickstep
24Attilio Viviani (Ita) Cofidis
25Fabio Mazzucco (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
26Jaakko Hanninen (Fin) AG2R la Mondiale
27William Barta (USA) CCC Team
28Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Astana Pro Team
29Edward Dunbar (Irl) Ineos Grenadiers
30Oscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Spa) Astana Pro Team
31Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
32Hector Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team
33Juan Diego Alba Bolivar (Col) Movistar Team
34Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) CCC Team
35Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Movistar Team
36Daniel Savini (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
37Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
38Yuriy Natarov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
39Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
40Kobe Goossens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
41Veljko Stojnic (Srb) Vini Zabu' KTM
42Samuele Battistella (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling
43Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team Emirates
44Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain McLaren
45Filippo Ganna (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
46James Mitri (NZl) Vini Zabu' KTM
47Francesco Romano (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
48Mikkel Bjerg (Den) UAE Team Emirates 0:05:46
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Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alpecin-Fenix 15:05:39
3Team Sunweb
4EF Pro Cycling
5UAE Team Emirates
7Lotto Soudal
8Team Jumbo-Visma
9AG2R la Mondiale
10Israel Start-Up Nation
11Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
12CCC Team
13NTT Pro Cycling
16Total Direct Energie
17Bahrain McLaren
19Movistar Team
22Bardiani CSF Faizane'
23Vini Zabu' KTM
24Astana Pro Team
25Ineos Grenadiers
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General classification after stage 2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 7:59:28
2Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:08
3Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) EF Pro Cycling 0:00:16
4Rick Zabel (Ger) Israel Start-Up Nation
5Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:00:17
6Paul Martens (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma
7Simon Pellaud (Swi) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:00:18
8Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb 0:00:19
9Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:00:20
10Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Total Direct Energie
11Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
12Imerio Cima (Ita) Gazprom-Rusvelo
13Silvan Dillier (Swi) AG2R la Mondiale
14Piet Allegaert (Bel) Cofidis
15Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep
16Romain Seigle (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
17Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Movistar Team
18Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
19Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
20Andrea Vendrame (Ita) AG2R la Mondiale
21Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma
22Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
23Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb
24Szymon Sajnok (Pol) CCC Team
25Giovanni Lonardi (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
26Georg Zimmermann (Ger) CCC Team
27Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep
28Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM
29Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
30Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R la Mondiale
31Ruben Guerreiro (Por) EF Pro Cycling
32Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) CCC Team
33Mathieu Van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix
34Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
35Victor De la Parte (Spa) CCC Team
36Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Pro Cycling
37Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) UAE Team Emirates
38Fausto Masnada (Ita) Deceuninck-Quickstep
39Davide Gabburo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
40Amanuel Gebreigzabhier (Eri) NTT Pro Cycling
41Josip Rumac (Cro) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
42Luca Wackermann (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM
43Matteo Jorgenson (USA) Movistar Team
44Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb
45Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo