CAPTAIN CAM – Meyer to lead the charge for Mitchelton-SCOTT at Hammer SeriesWed 20 Mar 2019
Mitchelton-SCOTT has put their faith in Cameron Meyer to captain the team to back-to-back victories at the Hammer Series in 2019.
The fan-focused racing concept, that mixes the best of road and track bike racing, is tailored made for a trackie-turned-roadie and with no less than nine rainbow jerseys to his name, Meyer is the ultimate captain for any team.
“Last year we got a really good taste for that winning success and we found some good tactics for how we can win the event,” Meyer said. “This year, we won’t be resting on our laurels of last year, we are super motivated, we have a good squad and we think we can defend our title.”
Mitchelton-SCOTT dominated in 2018, winning two of the three races overall - Hammer Stavanger and Hammer Hong Kong – and six of a possible eight events across the three-race series to be crowned the inaugural Hammer Series champions.
“We always went to Hammer races with a really motivated group and we really wanted to perform well – that’s what you have to be at the Hammer Series because you don’t have time to settle in,” Meyer recalled.
“It’s not a seven-day stage race or a race where you can just roll along in the peloton, you have to score points.”
Meyer had some friendly advice for his fellow Hammer Series captains, which include Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates), Brenton Jones (Delko Marseille Provence) and Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal).
“You have to be on the ball from the start of every Hammer Series race,”the 31-year-old warned.“They are full gas trying to score points and they are very tactical, so if you’re not motivated and ready to go from the gun, you find yourself not scoring the points.”
The Hammer Series returns in 2019 with three events, Hammer Stavanger (24-26 May), Hammer Limburg (7-9 June) and Hammer Hong Kong (12-13 Oct). The action-packed racing will be broadcast live and free online.
“The Hammer Series is unique. It’s really dynamic, it’s exciting, it’s different to a stage race or a one-day Classic and it animates for some exciting racing,” Meyer said.
“It’s a team orientated race with points, it has all the different formats from sprints, to hill climbing to team time trialling.”
Mitchelton-SCOTT – 2018 Hammer Series victories:
- 1st Hammer Series – OVERALL CHAMPIONS
- 1st Hammer Stavanger – Overall
- 1st Hammer Stavanger – Sprint
- 1st Hammer Stavanger – Climb
- 1st Hammer Stavanger – Chase
- 1st Hammer Limburg – Sprint
- 1st Hammer Limburg – Chase
- 1st Hammer Hong Kong – Overall
- 1st Hammer Hong Kong – Sprint
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