BORA - hansgrohe second after the Hammer Sprint in Limburg
On the second day of the Hammer Series in the southeast Dutch province of Limburg, the teams contested the Hammer Sprint. They were faced with 8 laps of 12.4 km each where, like yesterday, they were able to collect points for their teams on each passage of the finish line. On the second, fifth and eighth rounds, double points were distributed. On the first lap, a group of 10 riders, including Maciej Bodnar, was able to break free. The Polish rider showed himself to be in stellar form yet again today, picking up up points on the first two laps. A little later, teammate Andreas Schillinger managed to bridge the distance to the lead group, however, Maciej then pushed the tempo and rode with four companions off the front of the first group. On the third passage of the finish line, he took out the full complement of points, with Andreas also bolstering the team’s tally on this lap. On the next round, the Polish time trial champion crossed the line in second place and with that, pushed BORA - hansgrohe up to second in the standings. He once again collected additional points on the fifth passage of the line, with the leading group being absorbed by the main field just as they entered the subsequent lap. But it wasn’t long until another BORA - hansgrohe rider was represented at the front of the race, with Andreas Schillinger having made the jump into the new leading group on the penultimate lap and picking up yet more points on the line. BORA - hansgrohe ended the Hammer Sprint in second position, with a total of 706.5 points, and together with the tally from yesterday, the team is currently in second place overall.
01 Deceunink-Quick-Step 1.307,2 points
02 BORA - hansgrohe 706,5 points
03 Team Jumbo-Visma 540,7 points
From the finish line
“This race is incredibly unpredictable. But it is an exciting format, which is particularly interesting for spectators, and I think this style of racing has a future. Like yesterday, I tried to pick up as many points as possible at the beginning, because you never know what will happen later in the race. Every lap developed differently and we tried everything to take points in the sprints. The whole team rode well today and did everything that was possible, so we’re happy with our second place. We wanted to remain in the top 8 ahead of the Hammer Chase tomorrow, and we were able to do that successfully.” - Maciej Bodnar
“Maciej Bodnar rode at the head of the race from the beginning to the third-last round. The race was characterised by several changes in the leading group, but Bodi was always right up there at the front. At the moment, he is in really good form, he was second twice and collected full points at the end of the third lap. But the other guys were also strong too. Andreas Schillinger was able to bridge the gap to the leading group twice, and crossed the line in the final sprint, where double points were designated, in second place. Erik Baška was another rider from the team who was able to add points to our tally. Everyone is very motivated and we’ll head into tomorrow’s Hammer Chase with a lot of confidence.” Jens Zemke, Sports Director