What did you make of the inaugural Hammer Series?

The first edition of the Hammer Series was won by Team Sky - but what did fans and professionals think of the race?

Sky and Sunweb cross the line at the final round of the Hammer Series (Credit: Team Sunweb/Roel Gaj)

(Image credit: Roel Gaj)

Team Sky emerged victorious from the first ever Hammer Series at the weekend - and riders and spectators were unanimous in their praise of the race.

The innovative event - created by Velon - was held in the Netherlands and was based on a points accumulation method whereby points were awarded to the first ten riders across the finish line at the end of each lap in both stage one's climb and stage two's sprint.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.