After dominating the opening Hammer Climb on Friday, Mitchelton-Scott won once again in the Hammer Sprint. Daryl Impey‘s efforts in an early break, combined with Lucas Hamilton once again getting out front in the closing stages of the race, saw the Australian squad in control of Hammer Stavanger all day.
The team’s 1084 points saw them beat Team Sunweb (984), Sky (800) and BMC (623) on the day, and means that they head into the final stage – the Hammer Chase – as the leadoff team, thirty sec-onds ahead of Team Sunweb. The remainder of group one – teams that can challenge for overall victory on Sunday – are Team Sky, BMC, LottoNL-Jumbo, Quick Step Floors, and Nippo-Vini Fantini.
The Hammer Sprint, day two of Hammer Stavanger, was held over an 92km circuit, featuring ten laps of a 9.2km course. A mid-lap climb, 800 metres long with an average of 4.9 per cent, was the only major obstacle awaiting the riders
During the opening laps multiple groups attempted to get away, with Edward Theuns (Team Sun-web) leading one over the first sprint of the day. UAE-Team Emirates’ star man, European champion Alexander Kristoff sprinted to maximum points on the second lap of the day, but the peloton dragged things back each time.
Lap three saw a move stick properly as Mitchelton-Scott sent Daryl Impey up the road, alongside Stefan Küng of BMC. The South African duly took the double points on offer on that lap as the duo established a 30-second gap to the peloton.
The pair traded the points over the next two laps before being caught by a charging peloton after the fifth sprint of the day. At the halfway stage, Mitchelton-Scott were in control, with their 500 points putting them above Sunweb on 372, BMC on 358 and Sky on 292.
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