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by Shane Stokes
February 28, 2018
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Team Sky won the 2017 Hammer Series.
Following on from the inaugural Hammer Series last season, the organisers have confirmed that two separate events will be held this year. In an announcement on Tuesday, they said that an opening event will be held in Stavanger, Norway on May 25-27, then the race will return to Limburg between June 1 and 3.
Last year the three-discipline event comprised 12 WorldTour teams and four Pro Continental outfits. This time around, the Bora-hansgrohe squad has confirmed that it will make its debut in the Limburg event. “I watched the inaugural Hammer race last year with big interest to see how it turns out,” said team manager Ralph Denk. “Now it is time for us to take part in this series to get also some insights, then we can maybe also contribute to the development of the series in the future.”
Each event in the series comprises three race days. The Hammer Climb will take in between 7 and 12 laps of a climbing course, with points being awarded to the first ten riders across the line at the end of each lap. Double points are given at the end of three laps, including the final.
The Hammer Sprint follows the same format, but the course in question is a flat one. The concluding Hammer Chase sees teams go off in the same order as the leaderboard, with the time intervals dependant on the points scoring on the first two days. The team time trial-style discipline will see squads chase each other, and final victory going to the first team across the line.
“We had a great first Hammer race in Limburg last year,” says world time trial champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb). “We were there with a strong team and nearly won. This year we will be there with a strong line-up once again, to try to go for a good result.”
For more information see the Hammer Series website.