BORA – hansgrohe takes third place at the Hammer Series opener
The Hammer Series kicked off today in Norway with the riders taking on the first of three challenges, the Hammer Climb. The Hammer Stavanger opener saw teams racing 84,5 km on nine and a half laps with the ascent up to the “Grisabakken”, a climb with a maximum gradient of 10,6%. The teams collected points on every lap and double points on laps three, six and nine. At the end of the day the winning team was the one scoring most points overall. On the first lap, Oscar Gatto was able to stake the first 100 points for BORA – hansgrohe before the following five rounds were also won by the German team with multiple Giro d’Italia stage winner Sam Bennett crossing the line at the top of the ascent first. BORA – hansgrohe led the race after six laps with 800 points when Christoph Pfingsten scored 23 points on the eighth lap for the team. In an exciting finale, Andreas Schillinger collected another 46 points for his team, which gave BORA - hansgrohe a total of 869 points at the end of the day and put them in in third place on the leaderboard ahead of tomorrow's Hammer Sprint.
01 Team Jumbo-Visma 1065 points
02 Lotto-Soudal 928 points
03 BORA – hansgrohe 869 points
From the Finish Line
“We performed well as a team today on the climb. When Oscar took the first sprint, I saw the opportunity to go for one myself and the legs felt good so I kept going. I rode the laps tactically and knew I had the fastest legs for the final few metres, a short steep climb like that tends to suit me. Let's hope the legs are still good tomorrow for the sprint day.” – Sam Bennett
“I think it was a good start for us at the Hammer Series, it is for us the first time that we take part in the whole series. The guys did a good job, Sam was the first sixth laps unbeatable, but also the other riders collected some points. Tomorrow will be the sprint day, where we will see how many points we will collect.” – Steffen Radochla, Sports Director