News | Vuelta a Espana September 6, 2022

Ackermann 2nd in thrilling Vuelta finale

Second best for the German of UAE Team Emirates




Pascal Ackermann took 2nd place in the 16th stage of the Vuelta a Espana (Sanlucar de Barrameda-Tomares of 189.4 km) in a final which, contrary to expectations, proved to be full of surprises.


The race seemed to be heading towards a straightforward group sprint, but an attack by Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 2.5 km from the finish, on a short stretch of road in a decisive climb, upset the program: at first only Pascal Ackermann managed to match the Slovenian, then the duo was joined by Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo), Danny Van Poppel (Bora-hansgrohe) and Fred Wright (Bahrain-Victorious).


While the Remco Evenepoel red jersey (QuickStep-Alpha Vinyl) was delayed due to a puncture, the five men managed to force a margin (+8″) from the group, enough to get to play for success in a narrow sprint, which began with a crash by Roglic and ended with Pedersen’s victory over Ackermann.

In the general classification, Roglic took 8 “from Remco Evenepoel (credited with the same time as the group, since the puncture that had delayed him had occurred within the last 3 km) and is now at 1’26” from the jersey red. Ayuso is 4th (+4’49”) and Almeida 7th (+7′).

Ackermann: “Roglic attacked by surprise with excellent timing and I tried to follow him. I was hoping that only the two of us could go to the finish line, but three other guys joined. My energies were almost exhausted and Pedersen proved superior, I congratulate him
I gave everything to try to win, it wasn’t enough: now there is only the stage in Madrid left to try to win, I will try to be ready”.


The Vuelta will continue with the 17th stage: 162.3 km starting from Aracena and finishing uphill at the Monasterio de Tentudía (final ascent of 4.1 km at 7.5% average gradient).


Order of arrival 16th stage:
1. Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) 4:45:29
2. Pascal Ackermann (UAE Team Emirates) s.t.
3. Danny Van Poppel (Bora-hansgrohe) s.t.


General classification after the 16th stage:
1. Remco Evenepoel (QuickStep-Alpha Vinyl) 61:26:26
2. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) + 1’26 ”
3. Enric Mas (Movistar) + 2’01 ”
4. Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates) + 4’49 “
7. João Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) +7 ‘