Pascal Ackermann has been shaping the Giro d'Italia like no other professional cyclist so far. The 25-year-old from Team Bora-hansgrohe scored his second stage victory. In pouring rain, he was able to prevail after 140 kilometers from Frascati to Terracina in the mass sprint.
Ackermann won ahead of Colombian Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) and Frenchman Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ). The pink jersey of the overall leader defended on the mainly flat stage of the Slovene Primoz Roglic.
Previously, Ackermann had already won the second stage of the Tour of Italy. He also successfully defended the red jersey of the best sprinter. “It is unbelievable that I am allowed to carry it on,” he said and also spoke of a very dangerous stage. “The whole day was somehow scary because of all the rain and the cold, you could hardly see anything, luckily nothing happened”, said Ackermann at the TV channel Eurosport.
Last German, who won two giro stages in one edition, was Marcel Kittel (2016). (Here you can read more about Ackermann and about that he should become the new face of German cycling.)
For Tom Dumoulin the Giro is prematurely ended. The 28-year-old Dutchman dismounted shortly after the start of stage five. As Dumoulin's German Sunweb team reported, the injuries suffered by the Dutchman the previous day proved “too painful” to continue the tour of Italy. Dumoulin crashed in the fourth leg and reached the day's goal with a bleeding knee and more than four minutes behind stage winner Richard Carapaz.