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Hammer Series Hong Kong cancelled

Decision taken to cancel races and sportive as a result of ongoing protests in Hong Kong

The Hammer Series Hong Kong has been cancelled due to the ongoing protests in the territory. Velon and the Hong Kong Tourism Board – the organiser of the Hammer Hong Kong and the mass participation Hong Kong Cyclothon sportive – announced the news to cancel the pro race and the sportive, which were scheduled to start in 10 days' time.

With the protests having been going on for months now, and no end realistically in sight, the decision could probably have been taken sooner. However, it's unlikely that any teams would have already been en route this far out from the events.

'We have been keeping matters under close review and it has now been decided that the best course of action is to halt preparations and look to 2020 when the Hammer Series and the world’s top professional cyclists will return to the streets of Hong Kong,' organiser Velon said in the statement.

Given that Hammer Hong Kong was set to be the final part of the series, it means the current standings will now stand as final. Jumbo-Visma are therefore 2019 Hammer Series champions as they led the standings after winning Hammer Stavanger and taking second place overall in Hammer Limburg.

Deceuninck-QuickStep finish second after their victory in Hammer Limburg and Team Sunweb complete the podium.

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