'It was the fastest 20 kilometres I've ever ridden': Pascal Ackermann steals points classification from Arnaud Démare

The sprinter has near locked up the points classification with second place on stage 19

Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) completed his "fastest 20 kilometres ever" and practically locked up the points classification jersey, finishing second in the Giro d'Italia's 19th stage to Santa Maria di Sala.

The peloton sped into the Veneto town, but not fast enough to pull back the remaining escapee Damiano Cima (Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane). Cima won the sprint ahead of Ackermann, who has already claimed victory in two stages earlier in the race.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.