Team Sky dug deep to pull off a thrilling victory as the inaugural Hammer Series event went down to the wire in Limburg.
Tao Geoghegan Hart
I was really sprinting from about 600 metres to go and I think everyone was on the limit in the final metres.
The foundations for victory were laid by an impressive and consistent performance across the opening two days of racing. Third in the Hammer Climb, backed up with fourth in the Hammer Sprint, saw Team Sky take the best points tally into the final day, and a springboard to victory.
Knaven also reserved praise for the new racing format, adding: “I’ve really enjoyed it. I have a bit of a unique view from the team car, but from everything I’ve seen it’s been really exciting. It’s full-on racing from the gun and anything can happen – it’s unpredictable – and for sure the next event will be different again.
Hammer Sportzone Limburg final standings:
1. Team Sky 51:59
2. Team Sunweb +1"
3. Orica-Scott +36"
4. Lotto Soudal s.t.
5. Movistar +37"