Video: Demare warns “arrogant” Ackermann he may not even finish Giro

Posted on: May 22nd, 2019

Arnaud Demare has said Pascal Ackermann was over-confident and a bit arrogant, telling the German he doesn’t yet know how he will ride in the high mountains. Above, Demare wins yesterday’s stage 10 on the Giro.

Arnaud Demare has told Pascal Ackermann not to take anything for granted in the Giro points classification battle, including even finishing the race.

The French rider claimed yesterday’s stage 10 in a sprint; the Groupama-FDJ man’s first victory of the season.

Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe) has already won two stages on the Giro. He also leads the points classification.

However, he crashed with about 1km remaining yesterday; scoring no points as Demare grabbed the maximum available on the finish line in Modena.

And that means Demare went from being 52 points down on Ackermann to being just one point off the German champion’s tally.

With Demare clearly gaining form and Ackermann now badly wounded with road rash, the points classification battle is still open.

After the stage Demare said that when he contested the hot spot sprint mid-stage, Ackermann asked him why he was still contesting the sprints considering he was so far off the points jersey.

Slapping down the German a little, Demare said Ackermann was in his first Grand Tour and did not seem to realise he may not get through the mountains still to come.

“He asked me why I’d done that if he was so far ahead in the (points) classification,” Demare said of contesting the mid-stage sprint.

“But a Grand Tour is long and you have to stay humble. It’s his first three week stage race.

“He doesn’t know yet how he’ll get on in the mountain stages and he should stay calm,” he said, adding Ackermann was suffering from “excessive confidence and a bit of arrogance”.

For his part, Grand Tour debutant Ackermann said he had felt good yesterday following the rest day but had then crashed very heavily.

This morning on the start line he said (below) he had never suffered so much pain or lost as much skin as he did in yesterday’s crash.

And he also conceded that having lost so many points to his rival’s on stage 10, it would be hard to keep his jersey today.