Mitchelton-SCOTT go on the offensive for fifth place in the Hammer Sprint at Hammer Limburg

Sat 8 Jun 2019

After disappointment in yesterday’s Hammer Climb, Mitchelton-SCOTT came into today’s Hammer Sprint on the offensive, attacking throughout the race, making it into multiple breakaways to consistently score points.

The team finished the Hammer Sprint evetn in fifth place overall after scoring in all but one sprint. Deceuninck-Quickstep claimed the victory on the day to maintain their overall lead in the Hammer Limburg standings with one-day of racing to go.

Captain Cam on the attack

After picking up points in the first sprint, Cameron Meyer jumped into a dangerous move to keep Mitchelton-SCOTT on the front foot right from the start of the race.

Shortly after powerhouse, Michael Hepburn bridged across to join his teammate, and the leading group made their way around the fast 12.4kilometre circuit in Sittard.

Points every lap

It was a chaotic sprint on the second lap with riders coming down in a crash just metres before the line, and the only lap of the race that the team didn’t score any points.

Meyer using his track legs to jump away from the leading group with four other riders and fought on ahead to pick up points on the following three-laps, to keep the team very much in contention and highly placed on the scoreboard.

Affini counter attacks

As soon as Meyer’s group was finally caught, Tour of Norway stage winner Edoardo Affini bravely attacked away solo for almost one-lap before nine other riders bridged across to give him company.

Like Meyer, the Italian stayed away lap after lap, despite a furious chase behind, and continued to pick up valuable points. 

After their consisitent point score, the Australian outfit finished the Hammer Sprint in fifth place overall which puts them in the runner-up B group going into tomorrow’s final day, the Hammer Chase.

Cameron Meyer - Hammer Captain

"We are happy with today’s performance. We did everything we could without a pure sprinter, we had to be in the moves off the front of the race.

"The race today was really hard. The crosswinds played a strong part and the strongest riders were able to establish small break aways off the front rather then it being a bunch sprint each lap which suited us much more.

"I think we did that well. Unfortunately we have just missed out on making the Finalists A Group for the Hammer Chase tomorrow. We will have a go tomorrow at trying to win the stage. We think it is achievable with a solid squad for this discipline."

Edoardo Affini

"Well I think we can't be really happy about the results of yesterday, but I think today we showed that it was just a bad day and sometimes that happens especially in this style of racing.

"I tried to move in the end once Cameron's break has been caught and I did almost one-lap solo before being joined by other nine guys. I paid the efforts in the second last sprint taking only ninth place, but I think I did well in the last one finishing third.

"We'll start in the B group tomorrow, so the overall Hammer Limburg title is compromised, but for sure we will try to set the fastest time and win the Hammer Chase."

Hammer Limburg - Hammer Sprint Results:
1. Deceuninck-Quickstep 1307 points
2. Bora-Hansgrohe 706.5 points
3. Team Jumbo-Visma 540-7 points
5. Mitchelton-SCOTT 455.7 points 

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