CW's top 30 British riders of 2009: No. 18
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No. 18 Roger Hammond
Last year's position: N/A
Roger Hammond and his Cervélo team hit the ground running at the Tour of Qatar in January. Hammond won the second stage of the race when Cervélo smashed the bunch to pieces in the crosswinds and he timed his attack to pefection to get to the line first.
Hammond was 13th at the Tour of Flanders, his best result in the classic, and 15th at Paris-Roubaix, suggesting that he could be on the podium in one of the cobbled classics again.
Fifth place at the National Championships, he was then third overall at the Tour of Denmark after riding a very smart race and getting in the breaks when it mattered most.
After a long career, he finally took the start line at one of the three grand tours for the first time.
And he made an immediate impact, taking third place behind Gerald Ciolek and Fabio Sabatini in the Vuelta a Espana's first road stage in the Netherlands. He followed that with a seventh place the following day and took eighth in Madrid at the end of the race.
That set him up for a fine flurry in the season's final weeks. Hammond was third overall at the Circuit Franco-Belge after a second and third-place stage finish. Then he was fourth at Paris-Bourges to round off the most consistent season of his career.
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