Kicking off tonight (Friday, 2 June 2017) at 10.45pm for the first time, live on the Hammer Series Facebook, all eyes will be on this new race series. 

 

 

Friday 2 Jun 2017

Still don't really understand the Hammer Series format despite our explainers below? 

What is the Hammer Series?
It's Velon's take on cycling. Three days of racing with new rules, a new format and more engagement with technology and the cycling public. So, how will it all work?
Stop! 'Hammer' time - Velon launches new race series
A new, short, sharp and flashy international road race series is on its way and aims to offer something new for TV audiences and spectators on the ground.

Maybe this vid from Velon might help:

 

First the Giro win, then the knighthood and a hero's welcome at home in Maastricht, Netherlands. Now Dumoulin has a bike park named after him at Sportszone Limburg. 

Dumoulin will also race in the Hammer Series, despite just finishing the Giro d'Italia and all the celebrations that went along with the win. 

“It’s super-special; I’m finally home," he told Robbie McEwen on the Hammer Series Facebook page.

"It was an amazing time in the Giro and now an amazing time at home.

“Physically it’s going to be difficult in the first hour [at Hammer Series] tomorrow, but I expect to be good after that."

"I hope to get some points for the team, because it’s a points race and I’ll be doing the second half probably after my tired legs from the Giro.”

Sunbweb team for the Hammer Series: Tom Dumoulin, Max Walscheid, Ramon Sinkeldam, Lennard Kämna, Albert Timmer, Zico Waeytens. 

The first stage of the Hammer Series kicks off tonight AEST at 10.45pm. 

You can watch via Facebook Live here:

Or via the Global Cycling Network channel. 

Led by Caleb Ewan who is fresh from a Giro d'Italia stage win, Orica-Scott's team is built around speed and strength.

"We have selected the best possible team for this event," sport director Matt Wilson said. "A squad we believe to have the right characteristic to achieve a good result."

"We are really looking forward to this new event. It is a fantastic format and should produce some very exciting racing." 

Michael Hepburn is a last minute replacement for Sam Bewley who sustained a broken finger while training in Colombia with Tour de France hopeful Esteban Chaves. 

Orica-Scott for the Hammer Series: Mitch Docker, Luke Durbridge, Alexander Edmondson, Caleb Ewan, Mathew Hayman, Michael Hepburn, Roger Kluge

 

QuickStep-Floors' brings a strong team to the inaugural Hammer Series event, including 2017 Giro d'Italia points classification winner Fernando Gaviria and four-time Monument winner, Philippe Gilbert. 

"I can't wait to discover this new format," Gaviria said. "You could see at the Giro d'Italia how important is the team when it comes to an individual's success and I think it's really great to have a race which rewards the entire team for their hard and relentless work.

"I'm also very happy to finally meet the Dutch fans, of whom I've heard a lot of nice things, and who are renowned for the atmosphere they create in every race", said the newly crowned maglia ciclamino.

QuickStep-Floors: Gianluca Brambilla, Rémi Cavagna, Dries Devenyns, Philippe Gilbert, Yves Lampaert, and Maximilian Schachmann

While Greipel will headline Lotto Soudal's team, he said the Hammer Series is about the team. 

"Cycling is a team sport," he said "At the end it's one guy who can stand on the podium to win a race.

"Like I've said before, the Hammer Series is for the whole team to make a team effort and that's what makes it unique. 

"The tactics will be totally different, that’s for sure. It is a unique concept.

"Teams can let several riders sprint for the points during the race. I’m looking forward to see how the teams will do that. There could be surprises."

Lotto Soudal at the Hammer Series: André Greipel, Tim Wellens, Jens Debusschere, Moreno Hofland, Marcel Sieberg, Louis Vervaeke and Jelle Wallays.

Robbie McEwen will commentate the action.

He took over the Hammer Series Facebook account to answer all your questions.  

Robbie also previewed The Climb course: