Teamwork gives Mitchelton-SCOTT a consecutive victory in Hammer Stavanger - Hammer SprintSat 26 May 2018
Mitchelton-SCOTT have continued to dominate at Hammer Stavanger today, taking another team victory in the Hammer Sprint, following their success in the climb event yesterday.
Breakaway groups proved to be the key to the sprint success, as Mitchelton-SCOTT shared the workload to manage their efforts and use up different riders to score in each of the 10 sprints on offer.
Top team performance
A fast and active start saw a breakaway group form on the first lap and claim the first ten points on offer before South African champion Daryl Impey made a smart move and jumped away with Stefan Kung (BMC).
Impey won the sprint on lap three, which was double points, and catapulted the team into the race leading position. Impey and Kung remained out front for over three laps, gathering crucial points and Mitchelton-SCOTT's lead began to grow.
On the sixth lap, Impey was caught and it was time for his teammates to take over. Damien Howson and Lucas Hamilton crossed the line on the sixth sprint in seventh and eighth place, but after a strong sprint from Team Sunweb, the Dutch team began to close back in on Mitchelton-SCOTT.
Next up, Madison world champion Roger Kluge used his experience and explosive power to take over and headed into the next move alongside Hamilton and ten other riders. Kluge won the next sprint and extend the team's lead out again.
The duo continued to sweep up valuable points, with Mitchelton-SCOTT the only team in the breakaway with two riders scoring.
Hamilton rode to his strengths on the ninth lap, attacking solo to cross the line first place, taking top points and put the team in an almost unbeatable lead.
After consecutive victories in the Climb and Sprint events, Mitchelton-SCOTT go into tomorrow's deciding Chase event as the top ranked team with a 30second advantage from the closest team, Team Sunweb.
"We didn't really have a pure, pure sprinter here today so we took our opportunities, we went for it and we just backed each other up every time with going in and covering moves.
"It was good Lucas and Roger went into the move at the end and took some big points and it was a really great ride by everyone."
"It wasn't an easy race, always breakaway groups away all day. It was about continuously collecting points and we worked well doing this.
"Sometimes if you go to deep on one sprint then you need to recover and second time too deep then you risk to drop, so a few times I was able to sneak some easy points in the wheels."
"It was the same as yesterday, full gas from start to finish. We rode aggressively and put ourselves on the front foot for the whole race.
"It is great to win both days and we have a strong team for the Hammer Chase tomorrow. Out of all the disciplines, tomorrow is probably our strongest, so we will go into it full gas as we have the past two days."
Hammer Sprint results:
1. Mitchelton-SCOTT - 1058 points
2. Team Sunweb - 984 points
3. Team Sky - 800 points
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