After a great performance by Łukasz Wiśniowski in the Hammer Sprint yesterday, where the Polish rider scored nearly 600 points, after an impressive move in the second part of the race, CCC Team made it into the top eight and qualified for the Finalist Group in the Hammer Chase.
CCC Team was the last team to start in the Finalist Group, setting off two minutes and 47 seconds behind Team Jumbo-Visma with each team in between separated by 20 to 30 seconds.
Wiśniowski, Szymon Sajnok, Serge Pauwels, Nathan Van Hooydonck and Guillaume Van Keirsbulck got off to a fast start and set the second-best time after the first of three 16.3-kilometer laps.
The quintet went even faster on the second lap, continuing the strong pace and moved up from eighth place to fourth at one point. The podium place was within reach but, in the end Team INEOS managed to come back and eventually CCC Team finished in fifth place overall, setting the best time of the day of 53’49”, on the 48.9-kilometer course, which was enough to secure the Hammer Chase win.
Quotes from the Finish Line:
Jackson Stewart, Sports Director
“Our guys rode super well today. We wanted to pace the long team time trial well and with all the data on the road from the other teams, we quickly realized we could win the Hammer Chase. The guys were really motivated and everyone was having a good day so, we just kept focusing on setting the fastest time of the day. It is a really nice feeling to finish this race with a win.”
“We were focused on this race and we knew that we have a strong team here. We started off well and we were able to maintain our pace all the way so, we are happy with how we rode. There was no pressure on us and since we were the last team to set off there was nobody behind us and we couldn’t afford to go easy at the beginning. We managed to catch a few teams and the next ones were within our sight and that motivated us but, the strong and well-rounded team was the key today.”
“Yesterday, we had to ride aggressively to score points and to start the Hammer Chase in the Finalist Group. I waited for the second part of that race where I attacked together with Michał Gołaś (Team INEOS) and I was able to win a few sprints. Obviously, that move cost me a lot of energy and took its toll on the legs but, we were aiming for the team time trial, everyone motivated each other and in such moments, you often forget about the fatigue.”
Hammer Chase: Stavanger > Stavanger (48.9km)
Top 3: 1. CCC Team 2. Team INEOS 3. Team Sunweb
Top 3 of Hammer Stavanger: 1. Team Jumbo-Visma 2. Team Sunweb 3. Mitchelton-Scott 5. CCC Team