Mitchelton-Scott also wins second event in Hammer Stavanger
May 27 2018 12:17 am CET

Mitchelton-Scott also wins second event in Hammer Stavanger
Mitchelton-Scott also wins second event in Hammer Stavanger

Mitchelton-Scott has won their second consecutive Hammer challenge in the Hammer Series in Stavanger. In the Hammer Sprint the Australian WorldTour team finished ahead of Team Sunweb and Team Sky.

After yesterday's Hammer Climb, the peloton competed in the second event of the Hammer Series Stavanger today: the Hammer Sprint. The concept was the same as yesterday, with the difference being a flatter course today, where the riders had to cover 10 laps of 9,2 kilometres each.

As we're used to by now in the Hammer Series, attacks were flying from the start. From a first group, Sunweb's Edward Theuns sprinted to the first points, ahead of Eduard Grosu (Nippo-Vini Fantini) and Leonardo Basso (Sky). The peloton took back this group and a new break formed in lap 2. Among them was home rider Alexander Kristoff (UAE), who won the second sprint ahead of Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step) and Soren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb). In lap three, with double points for taking, Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) and Stefan Kung (BMC) broke away and managed to stay in front. The South African beat the Swiss rider in a sprint-à-deux, while Sky's Gianni Moscon took third place.

The two up front turned around their roles on the next sprint, as Kung took the maximum points ahead of Impey. Kristoff finished third by winning the group sprint. In lap 5 the two still had 15 seconds left, as Impey took the points ahead of Kung again. Phil Bauhaus (Sunweb) was the fastest in the peloton and took third. Shortly after the two leaders were caught and the fight for a new break started. A group of 15 broke away shortly before the line, with Kragh Andersen taking the double points for Sunweb, ahead of Quick Step's Niki Terpstra and BMC's Dylan Teuns.

A new group of 8 riders formed in lap 7. They managed to maintain a 20 second gap as Roger Kluge (Mitchelton-Scott) won the sprint ahead of Tom Bohli (BMC) and Terpstra. Three riders bridged the gap in lap 8, leaving one of the escapees without points at the sprint. Kragh Andersen again took the maximum points, beating Kluge and Moscon. The lead group split up in lap 9, leaving eight men in front. Lucas Hamilton (Mitchelton-Scott) distanced himself from this group and took the penultimate sprint, ahead of Antwan Tolhoek (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Nicola Bagioli (Nippo-Vini Fantini).

Hamilton started the final lap with a 15 second advantage back to 7 chasers who were caught by the peloton with 4 kilometres to go. Hamilton was caught in the final few hundred metres and the stage ended in a bunch sprint. Home rider Kristoffer Halvorsen (Sky) took the final points, ahead of Bauhaus and Kristoff.

Mitchelton-Scott, like yesterday, finished the event with a solid advantage back to runner up Team Sunweb, with Team Sky finishing third. Tomorrow the Hammer Stavanger concludes with the Hammer Chase, a team time trial in which the leading team will start first with the others chasing them. The first team to cross the line takes the overall victory.

By Siebe Kok




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