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2019 Clásica de Almería (HC), Spain

34th edition: Sunday, February 17, 2019

Clásica de Almería podium history | 2018 edition

Almería - Roquetas de Mar, 192.5 km

Pascal Ackermann

Pascal Ackermann just beats Marcel Kittel.

Weather at the finish city of Roquetas de Mar at 2:00 PM, local time: 17C (62F), sunny, with the wind from the east at 27 km/hr (17 mph). No rain is forecast.

The race: Here's the report from winner Pascal Ackermann's Bora-hansgrohe team.

After two days of racing at the Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia, another one-day race – the Clásica de Almeria – was today on BORA – hansgrohe’s menu. Right after the start, a group of seven riders formed the breakaway of the day. But this time, the escapees were brought back relatively early in the race, after just 90 km on the second climb of the day. On the long descent afterwards, the bunch did split into several groups, with BORA – hansgrohe managing to have four riders at the head of the race.

Approaching the last 30k Mitchelton – Scott controlled this main group, while BORA – hansgrohe was protecting their sprinter Pascal Ackermann. When the race entered the final laps in Almeria, the German squad took control, with Patrick Konrad starting the team’s lead-out, while Maciej Bodnar and Jempy Drucker delivered the German Champion perfectly on the last kilometer.

When M. Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) eased off a little, Ackermann took his chance to open the sprint. M. Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) came really close on the last 50m, but the German National Champion got his timing right and took the win, beating his fellow countryman to the line just by centimeters.

From the Finish Line:
“It was a great performance from the whole team. We started the race riding defensively. Patrick helped Pascal on the climbs to stay in contention, everything worked out perfectly. As the race split into some groups, we had four riders in the first one and in the finale, the guys did a great lead-out. It was an important victory for Pascal, I am happy that he was able to start this season as he finished the last one: successfully. I am now looking forward to the Volta ao Algarve.” – Christian Pömer, Sport Director

“It was a hard race, 200km and a very fast finish. Huge thanks to my teammates, they did an amazing job today. The whole team protected me from the beginning. In the mountains as well as on the flat sections and they finished it off with a great lead-out. It is a nice feeling to win that early in the season, that boosts my confidence for the upcoming goals like Algarve and some Belgium one-day races.” – Pascal Ackermann

Complete Results:

192.5 kilometers raced at an average speed of 43.102 km/hr

1 ACKERMANN, Pascal BORA-HANSGROHE 4hr 27min 58sec
2 KITTEL, Marcel KATUSHA-ALPECIN s.t.
3 MEZGEC, Luka MITCHELTON-SCOTT s.t.
4 BARBERO, Carlos MOVISTAR s.t.
5 ROJAS, José MOVISTAR s.t.
6 BOUDAT, Thomas DIRECT ENERGIE s.t.
7 PLANCKAERT, Edward SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
8 BOOM, Lars ROOMPOT-CHARLES s.t.
9 VAN GINNEKEN, Sjoerd ROOMPOT-CHARLES s.t.
10 VANSPEYBROUCK, Pieter WANTY-GOBERT s.t.
11 HERRADA, Jose COFIDIS s.t.
12 DRUCKER, Jean-Pierre BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
13 TRENTIN, Matteo MITCHELTON-SCOTT s.t.
14 SANCHEZ, Luis L. ASTANA s.t.
15 MATHIS, Marco COFIDIS s.t.
16 RIKUNOV, Petr GAZPROM-RUSVELO s.t.
17 FERNANDEZ, Ruben MOVISTAR s.t.
18 LOPEZ-COZAR, Juan EUSKADI BASQUE COUNTRY s.t.
19 TIMMERMANS, Justin ROOMPOT-CHARLES s.t.
20 CATALDO, Dario ASTANA @ 7sec
21 HALLER, Marco KATUSHA-ALPECIN 11
22 BODNAR, Maciej BORA-HANSGROHE 14
23 SMITH, Dion MITCHELTON-SCOTT 18
24 SPRENGERS, Thomas SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE 35
25 VERONA, Carlos MOVISTAR 46
26 KONRAD, Patrick BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
27 BAUER, Jack MITCHELTON-SCOTT 48
28 JOURNIAUX, Axel DIRECT ENERGIE 1:01
29 AFFINI, Edoardo MITCHELTON-SCOTT s.t.
30 SPILAK, Simon KATUSHA-ALPECIN 1:26
31 BOL, Jetse BURGOS-BH 8:42
32 JUUL, Christopher MITCHELTON-SCOTT 2:34
33 BARTHE, Cyril EUSKADI BASQUE COUNTRY 2:52
34 FRAILE, Omar ASTANA s.t.
35 VALLS, Rafael MOVISTAR s.t.
36 KOCH, Jonas CCC TEAM s.t.
37 SCHILLINGER, Andreas BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
38 WARLOP, Jordi SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
39 VAN GENECHTEN, Jonas VITAL CONCEPT-B&B HOTELS s.t.
40 VLIEGEN, Loïc WANTY-GOBERT s.t.
41 OURSELIN, Paul DIRECT ENERGIE s.t.
42 VAN LERBERGHE, Bert COFIDIS s.t.
43 POLITT, Nils KATUSHA-ALPECIN s.t.
44 DOWSETT, Alex KATUSHA-ALPECIN s.t.
45 SANZ, Enrique EUSKADI BASQUE COUNTRY 4:03
46 SCOTSON, Callum MITCHELTON-SCOTT 8:05