Hammond finishes third in Tour of Denmark

Briton secures podium spot in five-day race

Briton's Roger Hammond closed the five-day Tour of Denmark in third overall and helped his Cervélo TestTeam to one stage win.

"He has worked so hard for everybody else in all of the stages. He has earned first place as far as I am concerned," said Cervélo Team Director Marcello Albasini, prior to the final stage.

Hammond ended the race 47 seconds behind winner Jakob Fuglsang (Saxo Bank) and 44 seconds behind Maurizio Biondo (Ceramica Flaminia).

He moved from 19th to third in the general classification after Saturday's 115-kilometre stage to Køge. He made a four-man escape group with teammate, Jeremy Hunt. Hunt won the stage and Hammond took third.

Cervélo teammate Simon Gerrans finished second in the first stage and 22-year-old Martin Reimer was third in the second stage.

"I am also very proud of our young riders and how they have performed in this race. They have really worked hard, always up in front, and shown how talented they are," said Albasini.

Hammond's next races are the Tour of Ireland, August 19 to 21, and the Vuelta a España, August 29 to September 20.

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