Deceuninck – Quick-Step win Hammer Limburg 2019

Deceuninck - Quick-Step put in a stellar performance in the Hammer Chase to retain their title as winners of Hammer Limburg, while Mitchelton-SCOTT clocked the fastest time to take victory on the day.

Starting the afternoon with just a thirty second buffer over their closest rivals BORA-hansgrohe, the Belgian squad blitzed the 49.6 km course in a time of 54.01 minutes to win overall and take home the Hammer Limburg crown.

The victors had time to raise their arms in celebration as they were welcomed home by the cheering Limburg crowd. 

The battle for second place was a far tighter affair as Jumbo - Visma, BORA-hansgrohe and Team Sunweb went head-to-head right to the line. Jumbo-Visma proved quickest in the dash to finish runners-up while BORA-hansgrohe rounded out the podium in third place.

Mitchelton-Scott took the spoils in the Runner-Up Group as they showed their expertise in the time-trial discipline to catch and pass Team INEOS to take 9th overall. 

The win by Deceuninck - Quick-Step brought an end to the perfect weekend for the team. Teenage sensation Remco Evanpoel put in an excellent solo display in the Hammer Climb while the sprinting ability of Fabio Jakobsen and the attacking flair of Yves Lampaert saw a dominant display in the Hammer Sprint.

Michael Mørkøv (Deceuninck - Quick-Step): “We did a very good time trial today. We kept the distance to all the teams behind under control on every lap. We had to fight for it but it worked out perfectly in the end - I’m really proud of the boys.”

Michael Hepburn (Mitchelton-SCOTT): “This is what we were hoping for today. Starting in the Runner-Up Group, we were never going to win the overall but we came into this day focused on winning the Hammer Chase. We had a strong team for today and everybody produced a great ride.”

After winning Hammer Stavanger and taking second place in Hammer Limburg, Team Jumbo-Visma still top the overall Hammer Series leaderboard before the final race in Hong Kong on October 13.