Hammer Stavanger, the first of three Hammer Series races this year, features the three Hammer disciplines – Hammer Climb, Hammer Sprint, and Hammer Chase. The former two are points races, which take place on a hilly and flat circuit respectively and in which riders attempt to score points for their teams. The latter is a team time trial pursuit, with the first team to cross the line crowned the winning team. The higher the team is on the leaderboard after the first two disciplines, the higher they are placed on the start line of the TTT.
CCC Team is sending a strong and motivated roster to Norway, with some punchy and explosive riders, Sports Director Jackson Stewart explains.
“I think we have a strong and motivated group going into the Hammer Stavanger. The Hammer Series format is very unique and with this style of racing it’s always difficult to predict what will happen but, I believe we have a versatile lineup to tackle the specific demands of the different events. In both Hammer Climb and Hammer Sprint we will have to be aggressive in order to obtain points for the start order in the Hammer Chase. There have not been too many team time trials this year so, I don’t know what to expect in Stavanger but, we know the course, and we have great equipment so, we are motivated to do well in the closing race.”
Serge Pauwels will make his debut in the Hammer Series and is very excited to see how he can help the team in this format.
“I had a little break after the Tour de Yorkshire but, I also had a good block of training going into Hammer Stavanger. I am looking forward to take on this race and kick off my second part of the season. Even though the race in Stavanger will be my first Hammer Series and the concept is quite new to me, I think we will see some aggressive racing and this is something that I like. We are bringing strong riders with a lot of horsepower to Stavanger so, this should help us in all three events, especially in the team time trial, in which we want to perform exceptionally well,” Pauwels said.
Hammer Stavanger will play a significant role in Łukasz Wiśniowski’s preparation for the next part of the season.
“I’m coming to Norway straight from Sierra Nevada, where I spent one week, training at altitude, and Hammer Stavanger will be an important part of my preparation for the next races. The short and intense efforts that await us in the upcoming days will come in handy later in the season and will help me improve my form. I’ve never raced the Hammer Series, so I’m looking forward to such an interesting and unique type of racing,” Wiśniowski explained.
Hammer Stavanger (24-26 May)
Rider Roster: Serge Pauwels (BEL), Szymon Sajnok (POL), Nathan Van Hooydonck (BEL), Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL), Łukasz Wiśniowski (POL)
Sports Directors: Jackson Stewart
Photo: Chris Auld, CorVos