Pascal Ackermann came close to a big result on stage 5 of the Tour de France as he hit out early in the bunch sprint in Saint-Vulbas. However, ultimately, he had to settle for sixth place.

“I’m here to win a sprint and not to get second, so I really want to try to get my victory and not just surf on the wheels and get a second or third place,” Ackermann explained after the stage.

“I went with 250 meters to go. It was a bit too early, as there was a bit too much headwind, but if you don’t try, you never know.”

From the beginning of the day, it was clear that the teams of the sprinters didn’t want to take any chances jeopardizing the highly-expected sprint finish.

The IPT riders did well in keeping Ackermann safe and out of trouble all day, before positioning him near the front in the final.

“It was really, really nervous, and Jakob [Fuglsang] did an amazing job to keep me in front for the last 20 kilometers. Then also Jake [Stewart] came up and pulled. Jake brought me to the last 500 meters. I was in a really good position, and I decided to take the short way on the right as I saw a little gap to go.”

“I think we are in really good shape, and we showed today that we can win a stage. Tomorrow, we will have the same goal as today; trying to win the stage. We are close, and I think we can make it,” Ackermann finished off with a big smile.

Thursday’s stage 6 of the Tour de France is expected to be another one for the sprinters, but it could also turn into a cross-wind day. In any case, the IPT riders are ready to fight for glory.

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Pascal Ackermann and Jake Stewart after the finish of stage 5.