After two consecutive victories, Pascal Ackermann will return to Andalusia on February 14 to try to complete a hitherto unprecedented triplet in the Almera Clsica, a race that only the German runner (2019 and 2020) and the Italian Massimo Strazzer (1997 and 2002) have managed to win twice.
After a very modest debut in 2017, when he finished in 102 position, Ackermann has not failed in either of his other two visits to Avenida Juan Carlos I in Roquetas de Mar, an arrival that seems to have taken the measure perfectly and in which, obviously, he will be the great man to beat despite the extraordinary list of sprinters who on Valentine’s day will try to break his love affair with the Almera Classic.
As had happened a year earlier, Ackermann’s triumph in the Almera Classic served to open the bottle of essences of two magical years for him. To prove it, it is enough to verify that that first victory in Roquetas de Mar was only his tenth triumph as a professional runner and that today, a few weeks after opening what will be his ninth campaign (fifth on the World Tour), his palmars He already has 30 wins.
After raising his arms for the first time in Roquetas de Mar, Ackermann completed a 2019 in which he won events of such a high level as the Echborn-Frankfurt (1.WT), two stages in the Giro d’Italia (2.WT) or another two in the Tour of Poland (2.WT).
Twelve months ago, as we said, history repeats itself. Ackermann opened his 2020 with a victory in Almera and, despite the many difficulties that followed, he ended the year with seven more wins, including his two stages in the Vuelta a Espaa.
Along with the German rider, Bora-hansgrohe displaced his compatriot Marcus Burghardt to the XXXIV Clsica de Almera, a veteran and very solid cyclist who, although without a large number of palmars, has a Ghent-Wevelgem and a stage in the Tour from France, a clear example of its enormous quality.
The legs of Maciej Bodnar, the 35-year-old Pole, winner of a stage in the 2017 Tour de France and six-time champion of his country of CRI, also treasure a lot of experience and miles. Along with them, one of those runners of insulting youth, but whose good work makes one think that he has been rubbing shoulders with the best of the world squad for much longer than he actually does: Nils Politt, arrive at the Almera Clsica.
The German, second classified in the Pars-Roubaix in 2019, has, at 26, six seasons in the highest world category. His height, over 1.90 and his 80 kilos of weight make Politt a perfect classic that, yes, can have a relatively bad time in the always foul start of Almeria, but that, if the wind blows in the coastal area of the race, it can be an unbeatable life insurance for the aspirations of Pascal Ackermann, something to which Lukas Pstlberger, the Austrian winner of a stage in the Giro d’Italia in 2017 and who has proven himself as a one of the best domestics from the ever-powerful Bora-hansgrohe.
The seven German will be completed by two young riders such as Austrian Patrick Gamper, who in his debut year has already been second in the national CRI of his country and made his debut in the Giro d’Italia and, above all, one of the great sensations 2020: Jordi Meeus.
The Belgian, only 22 years old, happens to be one of the great classical hopes of his country. He came to the professional field after a 2020 in which he was top10 in the European Under-23 Championship, second in the Giro Baby points classification (where he won a stage), Under-23 national champion and second in Paris. Tours of the same category. All this, without forgetting his top 20 in a test as special as Le Samyn (1.1) at the beginning of the season.
Bora-Hansgrohe for the Almera Classic 2021
– Pascal Ackermann (GER)
– Marcus Burghardt (GER)
– Maciej Bodnar (POL)
– Nils Politt (GER)
– Lukas Pstlberger (AUT)
– Jordi Meeus (BEL)
– Patrick Gamper (AUT).
Source: Es Ciclismo .com by www.esciclismo.com.
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