Berlin (dpa) – Despite the ongoing Corona crisis, German top sprinter Pascal Ackermann is confident about the resumption of the cycling season.
‘I do not worry. Of course we have special precautions, but I see it very relaxed, “said the 26-year-old Palatinate of the German news agency.
Ackermann and his Bora hansgrohe team are back racing after a four-month break on the Sibiu Tour in Romania. “We have had enough training now, we are cyclists to race and not just to train. It is definitely time that it finally started,” said Ackermann. The two-time stage winner of the Giro d’Italia 2019 was last used in the French Tour Paris-Nice in mid-March, which was won by his compatriot and teammate Maximilian Schachmann and was also the last race before Corona’s break.
Originally this year, the highlight of the Giro d’Italia Ackermanns season should be again. The break in Corona and the tight race calendar after that changed this plan. Instead of the Tour of Italy (October 3 to 25), the Sprinter will now contest the Tour of Spain (October 20 to November 8). “Chances are the Vuelta will be the best for me this year – so we’ve been rebuilding. If I rode the Giro, I wouldn’t be able to do many other races,” said Ackermann.
Ackermann, too, cannot predict whether the season will end as planned despite the Corona pandemic, saying, “Of course I hope everything can be done according to plan. It is known whether it will succeed in the end, of course.”