Pascal Ackermann continues to chip away at a Tour de France win, sprinting to fourth place on stage 8 to narrowly miss the win in the uphill sprint in Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises.

Another brilliant display of teamwork in the final put Ackermann in a perfect position and although the IPT train was boxed in inside the final kilometer, Guillaume Boivin and Jake Stewart expertly navigated Ackermann through on the left hand side of the peloton.

With an uphill rise to the finish and a headwind, Ackermann waited until the last minute to launch his sprint but wasn’t able to come around winner Biniam Girmay, Jasper Philipsen and Arnaud De Lie, who rounded out the podium.

Jake and Guillaume did an amazing job today, also Krists,” explained Ackermann. “They brought to the front and with two kilometers to go, we moved up on the left side. Then, Jake put me in the wheel of Girmay. I kept telling myself to “wait, wait, wait” as I always open early but then I got blocked on the left side and when I got to start my sprint it was already a bit too late.

Today’s result marks Ackermann’s third top-10 sprint result, in his race debut, amongst a stacked sprint field. But he’s itching for more and eyeing tomorrow’s gravel stage as another potential opportunity to go even better.

It was a super tough day today and I think tomorrow will be even harder. If we have a good position and we have good legs again, it could be a good chance for me,” Ackermann adds.