Mitchelton-Scott lead Hammer Series overall ranking after second round in Limburg

Quick-Step Floors second, BMC Racing third

Mitchelton-Scott have increased their lead in the Hammer Series overall ranking after two rounds. The Australian outfit dominated the first event held in Norway and then finished second to Quick-Step Floors upon the conclusion of round two in Limburg on Sunday.

Mitchelton-Scott currently leads the series with 181 points while Quick-Step Floors are in second with 153 and BMC Racing in third with 108.

The team won all three events at Hammer Stavanger held at the end of May in Norway, where they won that title ahead of teams Sunweb and BMC.

The team weren't as dominant in Limburg, however, as Bahrain-Merida won the opener Climb ahead of Lotto Soudal and Quick-Step Floors, while Mitchelton-Scott placed 10th.

They bounced back to win the second stage, Sprint, ahead of Quick-Step Floors and LottoNL-Jumbo, and then again won the third stage, Chase, ahead of BMC and Sky.

The two victories were not enough to overtake stage 1 Climb winners Quick-Step Floors for the overall title in Limburg, but it was enough to keep them in the lead of the series ahead of the final round in Hong Kong.

"The race was a lot better this year, the team worked really really well it was a super fast course. In the end trying to pull time out of people at 55kph was hard," said Luke Durbridge after the Chase.

"We went out really hard like our plan was and we pulled nearly 30seconds out of Quickstep-Floors straight away on the first lap and then we just maintained the same until the end.

"We are really happy to win the Hammer Chase and also continuing our overall lead in the Hammer Series. The team were awesome, the boys were super strong and I am super proud of how everyone road today and now we can look forward to trying to win the Hammer Series in Hong Kong."

The third and final event will be held in Hong Kong on October 14.

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Hammer Series ranking after round two in Limburg 

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mitchelton-Scott181 pts
2Quick-Step Floors153 
3BMC Racing Team109 
5Team Sunweb100 
6Team Sky78 
8Lotto Soudal42 
10Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini28 
12EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale15 
13UAE Team Emirates15 
14Aqua Blue Sport  
15Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
16Israel-Cycling Academy  


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