For the third consecutive year, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA will participate in the Hammer Series, a competition developed by Velon. During the next months, the Spanish team will travel to Hammer Stavanger (Norway, May 24-26) and Hammer Limburg (Netherlands, June 7-9).
This new and innovative race model rewards the team as a whole and not just the individual riders. The winning team is the one that collects the most points after three different races; Hammer Climb, Hammer Sprint and Hammer Chase. Each team will select a total of seven riders for each Hammer event and then pick five riders for each of the three disciplines.
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA has already taken part in the Hammer Series on three occasions in the past: twice in Limburg (2017 and 2018) and once in Stavanger (2018). We are one of the few Professional-Continental teams invited to this competition.
José Miguel Fernández (sports director):We are very happy and excited to compete in the Hammer Series once again. It’s a very attractive race format and we really want to be part of. I especially like the Hammer Series because it represents the maximum expression of teamwork. Often in this sport, the individual performances outshine those of the team. Working together for a common goal, as we do in the Hammer Series, is not only a great initiative but also great training for the rest of the races during the season. We will try to fight with the top teams and, why not, try to be protagonists amongst them.
Jon Irisarri: The Hammer Series is a completely different experience compared to the rest of the races on the calendar. I was lucky enough to participate in the first edition that was held in Limburg and I really liked it. The races are shorter but very intense. The communication between the riders on the team is the key in order to be able to distribute the efforts properly. This year, I will take part in the Hammer Series once again and I hope to be able to contribute with my experience from the previous editions. I’m really looking forward to it.