Pascal Ackerman wins Stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia

Pascal Ackerman wins Stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia

Pascal Ackermann (UAE Team Emirates) has won Stage 11 of the 106th Giro d’Italia, the 219km long Camaiore-Tortona. Jonathan Milan (Bahrain – Victorious) and Mark Cavendish (Astana Qazaqstan Team) finished second and third respectively.

Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) retains the Maglia Rosa.

1 – Pascal Ackermann (UAE Team Emirates) – 219 km in 5h09’02’, av. speed 42.520 km/h
2 – Jonathan Milan (Bahrain – Victorious) s.t.
3 – Mark Cavendish (Astana Qazaqstan Team) s.t.

1 – Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers)
2 – Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) at 2″
3 – João Pedro Gonçalves Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) at 22″

Speaking seconds after the finish, the stage winner Pascal Ackermann said: It’s a very special victory for me, my first this year after I broke my coccyx last year. Today for the first time I got my team-mates to bring me to the first positions. I showed I can do it and I’m super happy today. All the sprinters are very strong and it was a very tense finish. I didn’t know how slippery it was so I decided to hit the front early. Cavendish was very strong. Now we’ll work for the climbers and I hope the second victory for our team will come soon.”

The Maglia RosaGeraint Thomas said: “As usual we were jostling for position, a UAE guy crashed next to me. I don’t know exactly who was taken out after me. We were pretty much on the same spot. Unfortunately Tao [Geoghegan Hart] is badly injured. It’s obviously a big loss. He was going very well. He was in a really great position and it’s very unfortunate to lose him this way.”