Mitchelton-SCOTT put the hammer down to come back and win the Hammer Chase

Sun 9 Jun 2019

After a disappointing start to Hammer Limburg, Mitchelton-SCOTT fought back to win today's Hammer Chase, a lengthy 49.6kilometre team time trial.

After the team's collective performances over the previous two-days, they started today's Hammer Chase in the runner-up group but with a clear ambition of trying to win the day's race.

With a five-rider squad suited to the discipline, they powered around the course to set the fastest time and claim the race victory by 16seconds over CCC Team, while team Deceuninck-Quickstep did enough to secure the overall Hammer Limburg 2019 title.

One goal

Starting the event in the first of two groups, the runner-up group, it meant that Mitchelton-SCOTT had one goal in mind, to win the Hammer Chase.

The team built from powerful time trial riders paced their efforts to pass the only team in front of them, Team Ineos, in the early stages and then continued to get faster and faster as they flew around each of the four, 12.4kilometre circuits.

The fastest on the day

The team completed the distance with a time of 53minutes 30seconds to win the runner-up group, before waiting patiently for the Finalist’s group to finish.

In the end, the Australian outfit's time proved to be faster than the rest to clinch the Hammer Chase title, which rounds-up the second Hammer Series race of the year.

Overall Hammer Limburg

With things not going to plan on day-one, Mitchelton-SCOTT finished in 14th position but fought back with an aggressive showing in the Hammer Sprint, taking fifth place. Adding their win in the Hammer Chase to their overall tally meant that Mitchelton-SCOTT finished Hammer Limburg in ninth place and moved to sixth place on the Hammer Series leaderboard.

Michael Hepburn

"Obviously starting in the runner-up group we were never up for the overall after losing too much the previous days but coming into today the focus was on winning the Chase. We had a strong team for today and everybody was focussed on producing a good ride and luckily it was enough.

"We just wanted to get from A to B as fast as possible. Starting second in the group, meant there was only Team Ineos in front of us and we were pretty confident that nobody was going to come from behind so we just tried to ride our own race. Luckily we caught Ineos quite quickly and could pull away from them."

Alex Edmondson

"It would have been better if we were going for the overall win but we just had to take what we could and that was to try and take the Chase, we really put everything out there and to be able to come away with the win was awesome.

"When ever you can race you always want to do well and with the team time trial we are starting to show that we are one of the strongest team. Hats off to all the boys and to the staff, the last two-days didn't quite go to plan but it is nice to be able to finish it off."

Cameron Meyer - Hammer Captain

"It all went perfectly to plan, we had a chat before the start and we looked at last year's times and we actually looked at what they did to win it last year and we really wanted to go close to those sort of times. We had good information coming from the car and it just all went to plan.

"We didn't have the best start to the week but we clawed our way back and come away with some success."

Hammer Chase results:
1. Mitchelton-SCOTT 53:30
2. CCC Team 53:46
3. Team Sunweb 53:57

Overall Hammer Limburg results:
1. Deceuninck-Quickstep
2. Team Jumbo-Visma
3. Mitchelton-SCOTT

Hammer Series Leaderboard:
1. Team Jumbo-Visma 181 points
2. Deceuninck-Quickstep 134.9 points
3. Team Sunweb 134.1 points
6. Mitchelton-SCOTT 84.1 points

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