With solid performances in the Hammer Limburg Climb and Sprint, Team Sunweb started the Hammer Chase as the fourth outfit to go down the ramp in the finalist group. Ahead of the riders today were four laps of the same course that they covered on the opening day of racing in the Sprint. The pancake flat route would lend itself well to some really fast action throughout the afternoon and a good fight between the different teams.
Some solid riding from the guys on the opening laps kept them close to the teams ahead, with the gaps staying similar to what they were at the beginning of the race. With the other teams down to four riders, Team Sunweb utilised their good pacing strategy and began to catch the podium positions within the final lap. Almost making the junction around the last corner, it would prove to be just too hard a task, with the team finishing in fourth place overall after their valiant effort; coming home only four seconds behind second place.
The team’s effort saw them finish with the third best time on the day in the Hammer Chase, a good reward for a strong team performance.