German sprinter Pascal Ackermann has signed a contract with UAE Team Emirates that will see him through to the end of 2023.
“I am absolutely thrilled to wear the UAE jersey next year,” said Ackermann. “This step will be a special one in my still young career. The team I will be part of is something unique in cycling. I would like to thank everyone who made this step possible and gave me the confidence to achieve common future goals.”
Ackermann makes the move from Bora-Hansgrohe, leaving room for the return of Sam Bennett. In his five years with the German team, the 27-year-old has enjoyed a few years as one of the best sprinters in the world, taking 35 victories, including two each at the Vuelta a España and Giro d’Italia, where he also took home the points jersey in 2019.
Despite his Grand Tour success, Ackermann is yet to start a Tour de France, a race his new team has won in two consecutive years with Tadej Pogačar.
“Success is always teamwork, and so I would like to say already today that I will take each and every one of the team on a hopefully unique journey to many successes,” Ackermann said. “At the same time, I have always been a team player and will certainly also put myself in a role to work hard for the others when situations require. Also I am convinced that, with the help of my teammates, staff and management, I will be able to develop as a rider in a way that will reveal new facets of myself. I’m ready to start this new journey.”
Ackermann is one of many new signings for UAE Team Emirates, which is bolstering the team around their young Tour de France champion while also broadening the team’s potential across a whole range of races.
“Pascal is a hugely talented rider and we are delighted to have him join our squad,” said Mauro Gianetto, UAE Team Emirates CEO & team principal. “We know he is capable of great things and we look forward to working towards many successes together with him in our team. We are building a group of riders who can work well together in a good environment both on and off the bike and we believe a rider like Pascal can enrich the team also with his human qualities which is very important.”