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by Shane Stokes
May 30, 2017
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As the days tick down to the start of the first Hammer Series event in Limburg, the Netherlands, the BMC Racing Team and Bahrain-Merida have announced their lineup for the races. The 2008 Olympic road race champion Samuel Sanchez will be part of the BMC Racing Team squad, and will be joined by Tom Bohli, Stefan Küng, Daniel Oss, Manuel Quinziato, Miles Scotson and Dylan Teuns.
“We will face a new, multi-discipline race format at the Hammer Series which I think will produce some pretty spectacular racing,” said Sanchez. “It will be great for us to see the roads lined with cycling fans and I think it will be an exciting experience for all those who attend and those who watch online. Some of us are lining up following the AMGEN Tour of California, and I am sure our legs will respond well. I’m looking forward to getting started.”
Bahrain-Merida will feature Manuele Boaro, Niccolò Bonifazio, Ivan Cortina, Ion Insausti and David Per.
The new series was announced in March and will see a new format of competition. Days one and two will be based on a points system, and will be called the Hammer Sprint and Hammer Climb. The order of these can be alternated, depending on the host organiser’s preference.
The third day will be in the format of a team time trial although, as the Hammer Chase name suggests, teams will be pursuing each other in a form of handicap system. The first team off will be the leader from the opening two days, with set time gaps separating the squads as per their overall position. The first team across the line will be deemed the winner of the three-day Hammer Series round.