Team Sky battled back from a crash in the final team time trial to place fifth at Hammer Series Stavanger.
A tightening roundabout caught out the team, taking down Michal Golas, Chris Lawless and Kristoffer Halvorsen on the race’s final day.
Golas was able to quickly continue, with Lawless re-joining the group after a speedy wheel change. Gianni Moscon and Owain Doull were able to stay upright and waited for their team-mates, before getting back into a rhythm.
Unfortunately Halverson was unable to continue, but the team were still able to cross the line with four counting riders, after holding off the attentions of LottoNL-Jumbo.
Mitchelton-Scott secured overall victory after setting off first, with Team Sunweb crossing the line 2:19 back. Team Sky had been closing the gap to the Dutch squad at the time of the crash, but in the end the final podium spot went to BMC Racing.
After the race Owain Doull described the tightening corner that led to the crash. He said: “As all teams are we were chasing the team ahead. We were pretty close to Sunweb at that stage so we were full gas trying to close in on them. Coming into the corner we thought it was a ski (handlebar) corner, and it was actually a little bit more severe than we thought with the kerb on the racing line. Gianni was leading into it, looked up at the last minute and had to divert on to the tops. We hit the brakes, my back wheel locked and then I had no choice but to straight-line it and hope for the best. Fortunately for me I made it over but Halvorsen and Golas didn’t. That was the race done then.”
After battling back, Chris Lawless added: “It is a bit demoralising but I think when you’re in the moment you just do what you’ve got to do and get on with it. My first instinct was to get a new wheel and get back on. Even though we were a man down the four of us that were left gave it our all. I think even though we had that mishap after that we did ourselves proud.”