Team Sky triumph at Hammer Sportzone Limburg
Sunweb denied in dramatic sprint

What?

Hammer Series is all about the team. In a revolutionary format, Hammer Series will crown the world's best pro cycling team with three different challenges across three unforgettable days: the Hammer Sprint, Hammer Climb and Hammer Chase. In selected cities around the world, each Hammer Series event will test the strength in depth of every team. The strongest team will be crowned the best in the world.

Why?

Hammer Series will push the world’s finest teams to the max across the sport's core disciplines. Cycling is a team sport with individual prizes but Hammer Series changes all that. Behind every Yellow Jersey or Maglia Rosa are committed teams who help their leaders to glory. Hammer Series tests sprinting, climbing and time trialling in a unique and innovative format. It's bike racing, reimagined.

Who?

Teams will bring a squad of seven, with five competing each day. Giro d'Italia champion Tom Dumoulin will race for Team Sunweb. Hammer Series will host up to 18 teams per event, including 12 WorldTour teams. WorldTour teams include Bahrain Merida, BMC Racing Team, Cannondale-Drapac, Lotto Soudal, Movistar Team, ORICA-SCOTT, Quick-Step Floors, Team LottoNL-Jumbo, Team Sky, Team Sunweb, Trek-Segafredo and UAE Team Emirates.

The leading teams battling to be crowned the best in the world

Where?

The Hammer Series will take place in carefully selected cities around the globe and will premiere in Limburg, Netherlands, in June. Limburg is a region already steeped in cycling tradition, having hosted the most prestigious Classics and Grand Tours. Alongside hosting the three professional races, the four-day cycling festival will feature an expo, mass-participation events and entertainment.

The Format

The Hammer Series is a dynamic, ground-breaking race format: team versus team across multiple days with one ultimate winner. It has been designed with the fans in mind, to deliver maximum excitement in a fast and easy-to-follow format for both die-hard and new racing fans. The structure of the points system and races ensure the team's performance is tested and rewarded, not just the individual's.

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