Mitchelton-SCOTT win the Hammer Chase and move into first place on the Hammer Series leaderboardSun 3 Jun 2018
Mitchelton-SCOTT rode a strong team time trial today to win the Hammer Chase and finish in second place overall at the three-day race, Hammer Limburg.
After dominating in all three events to win the overall Hammer Stavanger round and finishing in second place overall in Hammer Limburg, the team jump up to the top of the Hammer Series leaderboard with one more round to come later in the year in Hong Kong.
The five-rider squad started as the fourth team on the road, one minute 23seconds behind the first team to set off Quickstep-Floors.
With three laps of a 12.4kilometre flat circuit the pace was on from the start and half-way around the first lap the Australian outfit caught LottoNL-Jumbo to move into third place out on course.
At the end of the second lap, Mitchelton-SCOTT motored along and crept up to Bahrain-Merida, however, the catch was made just before a roundabout which meant the team had to slow slightly and wait for a good moment to pass.
As they crossed the finish line after two laps completed they sat in second place on the road at 55seconds behind the leaders Quickstep-Floors.In the end, Mitchelton-SCOTT crossed the line as second place team on the road, having moved up two places.
Their time over the 37kilometre distance was the fastest in 39minutes 50seconds to secure them today's Hammer Chase win.
"The race was a lot better this year, the team worked really really well it was a super fast course. In the end trying to pull time out of people at 55kph was hard.
"We went out really hard like our plan was and we pulled nearly 30seconds out of Quickstep-Floors straight away on the first lap and then we just maintained the same until the end.
"We are really happy to win the Hammer Chase today and also continuing our overall lead in the Hammer Series. The team were awesome, the boys were super strong and I am super proud of how everyone road today and now we can look forward to trying to win the Hammer Series in Hong Kong."
Hammer Chase results:
1. Mitchelton-SCOTT 39:50
2. BMC 40:09
3. Team Sky 40:29
Hammer Limburg overall results:
Hammer Series leaderboard:
1. Mitchelton-SCOTT 181
2. Quickstep-Floors 153
3. BMC 108
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