Mitchelton-SCOTT claims another Hammer Sprint victory in Hammer Limburg

Sat 2 Jun 2018

Mitchelton-SCOTT continued their successful run in the Hammer Series by claiming the victory today in the Hammer Sprint race in Limburg.

With eight laps of a flat 12.4kilometre course and sprint points available every lap, the race was on from the word go. On the first couple of laps it was Slovenian champion Luka Mezgec and World Madison champion Roger Kluge who scored points to put Mitchelton-SCOTT into the initial standings.

The third sprint was hotly contested with double points on offer as sprint star Caleb Ewan launched to fourth place, with Mezgec taking fifth place points to jump the team up the rankings into second place.

Kiwi Jack Bauer was next to take points, but it was the fifth time across the line when Mitchelton-SCOTT really stamped their authority on the race and showed their strengths. With a team lead-out for the sprint, Ewan and Mezgec were able to claim first and second place respectively to catapult the Australian outfit into the race leading position.

The team took the bull by the horns to cement their lead even further on lap six, and with double points up for grabs, Mitchelton-SCOTT had three riders scoring as Ewan took first place, Mezgec fourth and Bauer ninth place across the line.

Heading into the final sprint the team held a 328 point advantage over Quickstep-Floors which proved to be enough to seal the victory.

The Australian outfit finished the day with 1121 points to go into tomorrow's Hammer Chase as the fourth placed team with a one minute 23second deficite behind Quickstep-Floors.

Roger Kluge

"I was quite prepared for today, but it didn't work out like last week in Norway, it was a pan-flat course so it was more about sprinting today rather than always being in the front move."

Caleb Ewan

"We sprinted two laps in a row and went full gas for the second one which was double points up for grabs and I was struggling after that. I had to dig pretty deep to get back on but then had a lap to recover again for the last sprint."

Luka Mezgec

"We had to see the situation each lap, sometimes we went for third and fourth place, sometimes we did a lead-out if we were further back, so we just had to adapt each lap to the situation and today we did it."

Mathew Hayman

"We saw from last weekend you needed to have guys in the breakaway but today there actually didn't seem to be many breakaways so these boys had to get the points.

"This team prides itself on the team time trial so it will be a really exciting race tomorrow."

Hammer Limburg - Hammer Sprint results:

1. Mitchelton-SCOTT 1121
2. Quickstep-Floors 715
3. LottoNL-Jumbo 581

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