09/08/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/08/2019 11:29
There was a traditional bunch sprint at this year's Grand Prix de Fourmies, with Pascal Ackermann taking his second consecutive win. After 205 kilometers of racing, everything was back together after multiple attacks and breakaways. Nikita Stalnov and Magnus Cort both attacked from the peloton, but they both didn't make it to the early breakaway of nine riders. Laurens De Vreese was the first Astana rider to cross the finish line. Hernando Bohorquez crashed in an early stage of the race. The Colombian of Astana Pro Team had to visit the hospital for a medical check, but luckily, no serious injuries were found.
- As we had no favorite for the bunch sprint, we tried to force something with attacks from the peloton. In the end, both attacks didn't make it and everything finished in the expected bunch sprint. It was good to see that the guys were attentive, showing the will to attack. It didn't pay off, as too many teams were aiming for the sprint, but that's just how it is. To make a result here you need to have a real sprinter in the team who can fight against the types like Ackermann, Phillipsen, Bouhanni, Kristoff, Demare among others. However, we can look back on a good weekend, also with the fourth place of Davide Ballerini yesterday at the Brussels Cycling Classic, - said sports director Lars Michaelsen
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