News | Tour de Pologne • August 3, 2019
Tour of Poland begins with second place for Gaviria
The Colombian sprinter went from long range and was just passed by Ackermann a few meters from the finish
On the traditional stage finish in Krakow, which opened the Tour of Poland 2019, a thrilling head to head between Fernando Gaviria and Pascal Ackermann, went the way of the German. The Colombian from UAE Team Emirates opened up his sprint from a long way out but was passed by Ackermann just shy of 30m from the line.
Gaviria, who is on his way back from a knee injury, was glad to be back in action:“It has been a couple of months since I last raced so that sensation of being on the limit on the run-in to the line was a bit new for me again. But I’m really happy to be back racing and to finish second to a rider like Ackermann isn’t so bad, so well done to him. I’m definitely missing a bit of pace but I’ll improve and hopefully have more chances this week.”
Tomorrow, stage 2, will see the riders go from Tarnowskie Góry to Katowice over 153 Km, on a terrain which will again suit the sprinters.
Stage 1 results
1) Ackermann Pascal (BORA – hansgrohe) 2h57’58″
2) Gaviria Fernando (UAE-Team Emirates) s.t.
3) Jakobsen Fabio (Deceuninck – Quick Step) s.t.
4) Walscheid Max (Team Sunweb) s.t.
5) Van Poppel Danny (Jumbo-Visma) s.t.
General Classification after stage 1
1) Ackermann Pascal (BORA – hansgrohe) 2:57:48
2) Kaczmarek Jakub (Polish National Team) 3″
3) Gaviria Fernando (UAE-Team Emirates) 4″
4) Planet Charles (Team Novo Nordisk) 4″
5) Jakobsen Fabio (Deceuninck – Quick 6″