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2018 GP de Fourmies-Le Voix du Nord (HC), France

86th edition: Sunday (Dimanche), September 2, 2018

GP de Fourmies podium history | 2017 edition | Course map

Fourmies - Fourmies, 205 km

Pascal Ackermann

Pascal Ackermann wins in Fourmies. Thomas Lo Presti photo

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

Just like yesterday at the Brussels Cycling Classic, the sprinters came to the fore at today’s 86th edition of the Grand Prix de Fourmies. BORA – hansgrohe was very active during the race, often positioned at the front of the peloton to control the advantage of the break. The last few kilometres saw a flurry of attacks, however, at the end of the day it all came down to a mass sprint. After yet another impressive display of teamwork, Pascal Ackermann sprinted to victory ahead of A. Démare and A. Hodeg.

The Route
The route of today’s race remained largely unchanged from the previous year’s parcours. The 205km-long course, which also contained some cobbled sectors, led the riders around Fourmies in the northern part of France. The course was only slightly undulating, which made it suitable for the sprinters in attendance. With 50km remaining, the riders crossed the finish line for the first time. Afterwards, they had to complete 5 laps, each 11km in length, of a local circuit. Shortly before the flamme rouge, the route took a slight downwards turn and a left-hand corner had to be navigated 500m before the finish line, however, the finale was not particularly technical in nature.

Team Tactics
Previous editions of the race have often been decided in a mass sprint, and it was reasonable to expect that the win would be fought out by the fast men yet again this year. Today, the team’s tactics rested upon Pascal Ackermann. After his success at yesterday’s Brussels Cycling Classic, Pascal would try to notch up a second win this weekend. Accordingly, just like yesterday, the team was to work to support and protect the German national champion and bring him safely to the finish line in a favourable position from which to launch his sprint.

The Race
The beginning of the race saw a flurry of unsuccessful attacks. The first four attempts to form the breakaway of the day were quickly reeled back by the peloton, however, after 25km, a five-man group managed to free themselves from the main field. A few kilometres later, two riders gave chase and were able to bridge the gap to the leading group. The escapees led the race for much of the day, however, the teams of the sprinters were careful to ensure that their advantage did not grow too significantly. During the day, BORA – hansgrohe was active at the head of the peloton and, together with the other sprinters’ teams, led the chase after the breakaway. The leading group began to split on the first local lap in Fourmies and a few of the escapees were reabsorbed by the peloton. Ultimately, the efforts of the leading group were to remain in vain, and the remaining escapees were caught with 20km remaining. Shortly afterwards, the attacks came thick and fast from the peloton, with three riders breaking free and establishing themselves at the head of the field. They managed to build up a relatively small lead but their attempts were rendered futile by the chasing peloton. On the final lap the sprinters’ teams upped the tempo and preparations for a fast finale got well and truly underway. In the end, as expected, it all came down to a mass sprint, in which Pascal Ackermann emerged victorious after a fantastic performance by the BORA – hansgrohe riders.

From the Finish Line
“I almost can’t believe it. I’m just speechless. I knew that I’m in good form, but I didn’t expect to win two races on the same weekend. The guys did an excellent job and rode on the front of the peloton for such a long time. At the end of the day, we managed to pull off our plan perfectly and I want to thank my teammates for their fantastic support.” – Pascal Ackermann

“We’re all very happy with today’s win. In the history of the Brussels Cycling Classic and the GP de Fourmies, only one rider, Robbie McEwen, has managed to win both races. And now Pascal [Ackermann] has also achieved this feat. This is a very impressive achievement. From the beginning of the race, the team took responsibility in the field and set the tempo. We did not want to give the breakaway a significant advantage. Aleksejs [Saramotins], Erik [Baška], Peter [Kennaugh] and Juraj [Sagan] did a fantastic job and controlled the race very well. Our leadout duo of Andreas [Schillinger] and Rudi [Selig] brought Pascal into a good position, from where he was able to launch his sprint at the ideal time. The team worked together extremely well and we can be very satisfied with today’s win.” – Christian Pömer, Sport Director 

Complete results:

205 kilometers raced at an average speed of 42.867 km/hr

1 ACKERMANN Pascal Bora-hansgrohe 4hr 46min 56sec
2 DÉMARE Arnaud Groupama-FDJ s.t.
3 HODEG Álvaro José Quick-Step Floors s.t.
4 BONIFAZIO Leonardo Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
5 LAPORTE Christophe Cofidis s.t.
6 KRISTOFF Alexander UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
7 VAN POPPEL Boy Trek-Segafredo s.t.
8 HOFSTETTER Hugo Cofidis s.t.
9 MINALI Riccardo Astana s.t.
10 SBARAGLI Kristian Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
11 DUPONT Timothy Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
12 ISTA Kevyn WB-Aqua Protect-Veranclassic s.t.
13 GABBURO Davide Amore & Vita-Prodir s.t.
14 GUARNIERI Jacopo Groupama-FDJ s.t.
15 BOUDAT Thomas Direct Energie s.t.
16 DUMOULIN Samuel Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
17 VAN GESTEL Dries Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
18 DEHAES Kenny WB-Aqua Protect-Veranclassic s.t.
19 DE VYLDER Lindsay Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
20 TOUZE Damien St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
21 TURGIS Tanguy Vital Concept s.t.
22 GERTS Floris Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
23 SÉNÉCHAL Florian Quick-Step Floors s.t.
24 MANZIN Lorrenzo Vital Concept s.t.
25 DILLIER Silvan Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
26 SELIG Rüdiger Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
27 BONNAMOUR Franck Fortuneo-Samsic @ 7sec
28 FEILLU Romain St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
29 BARBIER Rudy Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
30 OFFREDO Yoann Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
31 MULLEN Ryan Trek-Segafredo s.t.
32 CORRADINI Michele Amore & Vita-Prodir s.t.
33 DE GREEF Robbert Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
34 IDJOUADIENE Pierre Roubaix-Lille Metropole s.t.
35 MALDONADO Anthony St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
36 VUILLERMOZ Alexis Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
37 VELASCO Simone Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
38 NOPPE Christophe Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
39 DE LAAT Jasper Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
40 MARTINELLI Davide Quick-Step Floors s.t.
41 VAN GENECHTEN Jonas Vital Concept 0:12
42 SCHÖNBERGER Sebastian Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
43 TURGIS Jimmy Cofidis s.t.
44 PEÁK Barnabás Quick-Step Floors s.t.
45 CAVAGNA Rémi Quick-Step Floors s.t.
46 HONORÉ Mikkel Quick-Step Floors s.t.
47 EARLE Nathan Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
48 BIONDI Turcanu Amore & Vita-Prodir s.t.
49 STÜSSI Colin Amore & Vita-Prodir s.t.
50 VALLÉE Boris Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
51 COSTA Rui UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
52 LEVEAU Jérémy Delko-Marseille Provence s.t.
53 TRARIEUX Julien Delko-Marseille Provence s.t.
54 KOZHATAYEV Bakhtiyar Astana s.t.
55 LEVARLET Guillaume St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
56 HARDY Romain Fortuneo-Samsic s.t.
57 TIVANI German Nicolás UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
58 LE GAC Olivier Groupama-FDJ s.t.
59 VAN GOMPEL Mathias Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
60 MORIN Emmanuel Cofidis s.t.
61 ZARDINI Edoardo Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
62 VAN MELSEN Kevin Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
63 SAGAN Juraj Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
64 ASSELMAN Jesper Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
65 GANNA Filippo UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
66 VAN DER LIJKE Nick Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
67 SCHILLINGER Andreas Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
68 LIETAER Eliot WB-Aqua Protect-Veranclassic s.t.
69 POZZATO Filippo Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
70 MARCATO Marco UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
71 SPRENGERS Thomas Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
72 DELAPLACE Anthony Fortuneo-Samsic s.t.
73 JAUREGUI Quentin Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
74 SANTAROMITA Ivan Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
75 COUSIN Jérôme Direct Energie s.t.
76 KENNAUGH Peter Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
77 DOMONT Axel Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
78 ŠTYBAR Zdeněk Quick-Step Floors s.t.
79 MORTIER Julien WB-Aqua Protect-Veranclassic s.t.
80 SINKELDAM Ramon Groupama-FDJ s.t.
81 MORICE Julien Vital Concept 0:25
82 GÉRARD Arnaud Fortuneo-Samsic s.t.
83 VAN WINDEN Dennis Israel Cycling Academy 0:27
84 VANSPEYBROUCK Pieter Wanty-Groupe Gobert 0:30
85 VERMEULEN Emiel Roubaix-Lille Metropole s.t.
86 WIPPERT Wouter Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij 0:32
87 CLAEYS Dimitri Cofidis 0:39
88 VAN LERBERGHE Bert Cofidis 0:48
89 BOU Joan Nippo-Vini Fantini 1:12
90 GRELLIER Fabien Direct Energie 1:15
91 VAUGRENARD Benoît Groupama-FDJ 1:27
92 DIDIER Laurent Trek-Segafredo 1:30
93 RAST Grégory Trek-Segafredo s.t.
94 DE VREESE Laurens Astana 1:40
95 GEBREMEDHIN Awet Israel Cycling Academy 1:50
96 CANOLA Marco Nippo-Vini Fantini 1:52
97 LEROUX Samuel Roubaix-Lille Metropole s.t.
98 GOUAULT Pierre Roubaix-Lille Metropole s.t.
99 BADILATTI Matteo Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
100 QUÉMÉNEUR Perrig Direct Energie s.t.
101 RIVIERE David Direct Energie s.t.
102 GUERIN Alexis Delko-Marseille Provence s.t.
103 TRONET Steven Roubaix-Lille Metropole s.t.
104 LE BON Johan Vital Concept s.t.
105 PAILLOT Yoann St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
106 GREGAARD Jonas Astana s.t.
107 REZA Kévin Vital Concept s.t.
108 VAN GOETHEM Brian Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
109 KIRSCH Alex WB-Aqua Protect-Veranclassic 2:19
110 PEDERSEN Mads Trek-Segafredo s.t.
111 YUSTRE Kristian Amore & Vita-Prodir s.t.
112 FREULER Jan-andré Amore & Vita-Prodir s.t.
113 ALAFACI Eugenio Trek-Segafredo s.t.
114 BEPPU Fumiyuki Trek-Segafredo s.t.
115 COSNEFROY Benoît Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
116 JAKIN Alo St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
117 FONSECA Armindo Fortuneo-Samsic s.t.
118 GAUDU David Groupama-FDJ s.t.
119 PONZI Simone Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
120 PACIONI Luca Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
121 BAGOT Yoann Vital Concept s.t.
122 MOLLY Kenny WB-Aqua Protect-Veranclassic s.t.
123 KONOVALOVAS Ignatas Groupama-FDJ 3:07
124 LOBATO Juan José Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
125 GRUZDEV Dmitriy Astana 4:16
126 DELFOSSE Sébastien WB-Aqua Protect-Veranclassic 4:20
127 GOEBEERT Pierre Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
128 TROIA Oliviero UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
129 BONO Matteo UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
130 BALDO Nicolas St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
131 ŠIŠKEVIČIUS Evaldas Delko-Marseille Provence 5:20
132 KASPERKIEWICZ Przemysław Delko-Marseille Provence s.t.
133 JONES Brenton Delko-Marseille Provence 5:34
134 LEMUS Luis Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
135 NIKA Iltjan Amore & Vita-Prodir 7:10
136 DERNIES Tom Roubaix-Lille Metropole 8:07
137 JOURNIAUX Axel Direct Energie 8:08
138 BAŠKA Erik Bora-hansgrohe 8:15
139 SARAMOTINS Aleksejs Bora-hansgrohe s.t.

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