Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe, after his victory in the first stage of the Tour of Germany): “It’s one of the only races run in Germany, so it’s very important for us. And then it’s always great to win the first stage of a Tour because you wear all the jerseys. I am very happy to have won.

This victory is welcome because this season has not been great for me. I take all I can. My teammates also did a great job. They protected me in the windy portions. We really did everything well today, I just have to thank them. “