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by Shane Stokes
June 2, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Drucker takes home soil victory on stage 1 of Skoda Tour of Luxembourg, grabs race lead; Froome says Giro d’Italia ride means Quintana is not a major rival for Tour; Bahrain-Merida bikes stolen prior to Hammer Series race; Chaves returning to racing at Critérium du Dauphiné, Yates to lead Orica-Scott team; Dowset on Hammer Series: ‘Tactically, everything we know becomes secondary. This is new territory’; Hayman: ‘Teams are going to have to be thinking on their feet’; Team Sky unveils new kit for 2017 Tour de France; Gaviria and the other best stage-winning Grand Tour debuts; Fortuneo – Vital Concept sponsors set to split prior to Tour de France; Young British time triallist Joe Guy killed in collision with van; Video: Robbie McEwen previews the inaugural Hammer Series race; Video: Inside HED Cycling; Video: Ten – The BC Bike Race Movie; Video: Tour Series 2017 – Round 9, Durham
The 2016 Paris-Roubaix winner Mathew Hayman has given his own thoughts on the new Hammer Series, saying that it will require teams to pay particular attention to tactics.
“It’s going to be interesting to find out what the tactics are going to be,” he said, one day before the start of the first race in the three day event. “Most races we go into, we’re pretty sure what’s going to happen because they have been run 100 times or 150 times and you know when the race will break up. But over the next three days, all of the teams are going to have to be thinking on their feet, trying to work out what the other teams are doing and how best to attack it.
“It’s going to be a work in progress for all of the teams. You might come in with a tactic the first time and have to go back to the drawing board for the next round.”
Hayman will be riding the race with his Orica-Scott team and said that everyone will have a big role to play in the success. “I don’t have a problem with an individual rider winning, but it [the Hammer format] will open things up. You can’t just have one guy sprinting or one guy finishing off the job.
“We are going to have to use each rider in the team every lap, which is going to be interesting racing. It’s going to be an interesting concept – short, fast, hard.”