Mitchelton-SCOTT finish 10th in the Hammer Limburg - Hammer ClimbFri 1 Jun 2018
Mitchelton-SCOTT finished today's Hammer Limburg, Hammer Climb event in 10th place after a rainy action-packed day in Holland.
The five-rider squad started off strong in the 'Climb' with sprint star Caleb Ewan taking top points in the first sprint to jump the team up into a leading position.
With harsh conditions and heavy rain, the peloton split quickly into groups due to the aggressive nature of the course and constant sprints points up for grabs each lap.
On the second lap Luke Durbridge took fourth place to keep the team up there overall and was able to get into an important split. However, after missing out on scoring top points in the following sprints due to breakaway groups yo-yoing off the front, the team dropped down the classification to 11th.
The race continued that way, with various groups clipping off the front and after half-way through the race two riders went off front and scooped up top points which proved to be key to winning the event.
Durbridge kept flying the Mitchelton-SCOTT flag by finding himself in the chase group and gradually worked to keep chipping away collecting the minor placing points.
After 11laps and 11sprints the team eventually finished the event in 10th place with tomorrow’s Hammer Sprint better suited to the team's strenghts.
"It was pretty hard with the rain all day, after the second sprint it pretty much split and that was the day decided.
"Coming straight from altitude for me it was pretty hard, I would have liked to score more points but I could only do what I could do.
"Hopefully the boys can do a bit better tomorrow in the sprint event and hopefully move up into the first group for the TTT.
"It was a good hit out and I think the fans loved the racing, and we certainly didn't leave anything out there, we went to the limit."
Hammer Climb results:
1. Bahrain-Merida 1370
2. Lotto-Soudal 972
3. Quickstep-Floors 781
10. Mitchelton-SCOTT 147
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