Deutschland Tour. Stage 1. Bunch sprint in the streets of Halberstadt
The first stage of this year’s Deutschland Tour was decided in a bunch sprint with Pascal Ackermann taking the stage win after 167 kilometers from Hannover to Halberstadt. The local favorite was the fastest sprinter of the day and is the first overall leader of the stage race in Germany. Astana riders Alexey Lutsenko and Davide Villella both finished in the same group with Ackermann. In the final 30 kilometers of the race, both Rodrigo Contreras and Hernando Bohorquez were involved in a crash, but they were able to continue without any serious injuries.