Friday 24 May 2019

Ackermann sprints to glory

 

Ackermann was controversially selected in the team at the expense of Ireland’s Sam Bennett. Stock photo
Ackermann was controversially selected in the team at the expense of Ireland’s Sam Bennett. Stock photo

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Bora-Hansgrohe's Pascal Ackermann held off Elia Viviani to collect his first Giro d'Italia stage win in Fucecchio on day two of this year's race.

Ackermann was controversially selected in the team at the expense of Ireland's Sam Bennett, who had won three stages at last year's Giro, but the German had the power to hold off Italy's national champion in the sprint for the line after 205km of racing in wet conditions.

There was no change in the General Classification, with Team Jumbo-Visma's Primoz Roglic in the pink jersey.

Eddie Dunbar finished in the main bunch five seconds behind Ackermann and is 35th. Conor Dunne was over 12 minutes down and is 167th overall.

On the home front, Ronan McLaughlin became the first rider since Sean Kelly to win the Shay Elliott Memorial race two years in a row. The Donegal man broke clear with Cian Keogh in the closing stages before pulling clear to win solo in the Bray Wheelers-backed one-day race.

• Read Conor Dunne's Giro d'Italia diary on Independent.ie

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