Team Sky win the inaugural Hammer Series

The British team beat Team Sunweb to the line in the final stage 'Chase' - Photos by Roel Gaj

Team Sky at the final round of the Hammer Series (Roel Gaj)
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Team Sky took the victory at the Hammer Series in the final day chase after beating Team Sunweb in a sprint finish to the line.

Sky started 32 seconds ahead of Sunweb but were unable to hold the German team off over the 50km team time trial pursuit, and were caught with 3.8km to go.

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Sunweb then rode ahead of Sky and it looked like they might hold them off until the line, but the British team regrouped and close the gap ahead within the final 800 metres.

(Image credit: Roel Gaj)

It then came down to a sprint between the fourth riders on the rode, with Tao Geoghagen Hart among three Sunweb riders able to cross the line first to give Sky the victory.

Behind Nippo - Vini Fantini, Lotto Soudal, Movistar, Cannondale-Drapac, Orica-Scott and LottoNL-Jumbo all came together after the first 14.5km lap of the circuit and eventually finished together in a sprint for the line.

(Image credit: Roel Gaj)

Orica-Scott were the team able to take third place, but all the teams with them had spent much of the race tightly packed which is against the race's no drafting rules.

Movistar took the victory on Friday's opening climbing race while Trek-Segafredo won the sprint race on Saturday.


Hammers Series 2017

1 Team Sky, in 51-59

2 Team Sunweb, at 1s

3 Orica-Scott, at 36s

4 Lotto Soudal

5 Movistar Team, at 37s

6 Team LottoNL-Jumbo, at 39s

7 Cannondale-Drapac, at 41s

8 Nippo - Vini Fantini, at 45s

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).