Rider of the Month: June

27 Jun 2017

Rider of the Month: June

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June was a busy month. We started by winning the inaugural Hammer Series in thrilling fashion and then headed to the Criterium du Dauphine, Tour de Suisse and Route du Sud.

A number of riders stood out with strong individual performances but it was Michal Kwiatkowski who won the fan vote for the second time this year.

Here's who made the June shortlist:

Tao Geoghegan Hart

Our hopes were high for the Hammer Series but nobody could have predicted just how thrilling the inaugural edition's finale would be. Caught by Team Sunweb with 3km to go in the final Hammer Chase, it looked like our chances of winning the title were slipping away. Step forward Tao. After the team had edged back ahead through the final corner, the 22 year old, who had excelled in the Hammer Climb on day one, produced a gutsy sprint to just hold off three of Sunweb’s team and seal the win. That wasn’t the end of Tao’s strong month either - he produced another encouraging climbing performance at the Tour de Suisse, finishing 14th overall, before claiming fourth in the British national time trial championship.

Pete Kennaugh

There’s not many better places to claim your first win of the season than atop Alpe d’Huez. That’s exactly what Pete did at the Criterium du Dauphine, climbing to a famous win on stage seven. The Manxman got in the day’s break and, when it became apparent that it would stay away, he hit the gas. Only former teammate Ben Swift (UAE Team Emirates) was able to stick with him until the foot of the final climb, when Kennaugh shook him off and forged on for a brilliant win.
Kennaugh winning atop Alpe d'Huez

Kennaugh winning atop Alpe d'Huez

Michal Kwiatkowski

‘Kwiato’ demonstrated his world-class versatility in June. After a sparkling start to the 2017 season, when he won Milan-San Remo and Strade Bianche before excelling in the Ardennes, the 27 year old produced a superb climbing performance in support of Chris Froome at the Criterium du Dauphine. To cap it off, the Pole then won the Polish national time trial championship in dominant fashion, beating Marcin Bialoblocki by over a minute. We can’t wait to see his new Castelli national champion's skinsuit in Dusseldorf…

Elia Viviani

Viviani looked back to his best in June. A key part of our Hammer Series success - he won some crucial points in the Hammer Sprint and played a vital role in the decisive final sprint at the end of the Hammer Chase - Elia then claimed his second individual win of the season with a dominant sprint on day two at the Route du Sud. He came agonisingly close to adding another win to his total too - the break stayed away by a matter of metres on the final stage, when Elia was perfectly poised to sprint. Things are looking good for the second half of the Italian's season.
Tao celebrates our dramatic Hammer Series victory

Tao celebrates our dramatic Hammer Series victory

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