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2018 - Ben Hermans

Bericht van Admin op za okt 07, 2017 8:03 pm

Al bij al toch constant hoog basisniveau gehaald. Eerst in de eerste wedstrijden. Was nadien top 15 waard in Giro, maar viel uit. Kwam met ambitie terug in Polen, maar viel dan terug zwaar uit. Komt toch nog heel degelijk terug in het italiaanse najaar met top 15 in Emilia en Lombardije. Kan volgend jaar volledig zijn zin doen de wedstrijden waar hij start.

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Bericht van Admin op ma okt 23, 2017 10:01 am

5de in Guanxi. Tegen de grote namen toch.

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Bericht van dosphorus op ma okt 23, 2017 10:32 am

Idd.

Als hij blijft staat rond de 6M moogt ge hem niet missen. Als die een heel seizoen kan rijden gaat die altijd naar 250+ punten.

Ik had hem toch wat onderschat..

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Bericht van Admin op ma okt 23, 2017 2:10 pm

Is natuurlijk altijd wisselvallig geweest. Dit jaar heb ik voor het eerst het gevoel dat hij zijn doelen gewoon haalt en zelden onverklaarbaar afwezig is. Is een goed teken, zeker nu hij volledig kopman kan gaan spelen.

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Ben Hermans says that he has no excuses not to perform when he assumes a leadership role at the Israel Cycling Academy next season. Hermans is one of a 10 new recruits for the Pro Continental squad as they look to strengthen their roster for 2018 season.

The Belgian is stepping down to the second tier of cycling after eight seasons at WorldTour level, the last four with BMC Racing. It is a move that brings with it more freedom but also more pressure and a chance to see what he is capable of when he can fully race for himself.

"It was a really tough decision to make when I had to choose between BMC and this team," Hermans told Cyclingnews in Israel at the team’s recent training camp. "Then I talked to a lot of people around me and they said to me that in this team I would get more opportunities for myself. In the last eight years, I had chances but never really as a leader. Now, I have the team around me to support me and to give me more freedom. I don’t have an excuse anymore."

Hermans had the chance to meet his new team at a four-day camp in Israel that pushed the riders with a two-day hike through the mountains near Jerusalem and provided them with an opportunity to learn about the history of the country, the good and the bad. Hermans and the new inductees were also introduced to the team owners Ron Baron and Sylvan Adams, the latter of whom greeted his new star rider by saying, “next year is going to be a big one for you.”

With the calendar still a very loose structure at the moment, Hermans has not set himself any specific ambitions for the 2018 season. For the Belgian, it is about hanging with the best as long as he can whatever the race may be.

"I don’t think that the team is expecting me to win Tirreno-Adriatico or the Giro, but for me, the expectations are always to be there in the front with the top riders and to maybe get a top 10 result in a GC," he explained. "When you go top 10 then you want to be top five and then you want to be on the podium. You always want to do better until you win."

Deceptively baby-faced, the 31-year-old Hermans is a veteran of the peloton after turning professional with Topsport Vlaanderen back in 2009. He has proved himself a reliable worker, but there were flashes of promise throughout the years. There are stage wins at the Tour of Belgium, the Tour de Yorkshire and the Arctic Race of Norway on his palmares, as well as victory at Brabantse Pijl and second overall at the Tour of Austria.

However, it wasn’t until this year that he enjoyed something of a breakthrough with overall success and a stage win at the Tour of Oman. The win was marred by some hefty crashes soon after and an illness that took him out of the Giro d’Italia. Another major crash at the Tour de Pologne almost ended his season and left him with a litany of injuries. Hermans was able to bounce back surprisingly quickly and rode another 19 race days following the crash. He closed his season with fifth at the Tour of Guangxi and says that it will not impact him in 2018.

"Six weeks apart I broke some ribs and it’s not easy to find the motivation and the same results as when you start the season winning three races in one week," explained Hermans. "Then again, I had a hard crash in the Tour of Poland but I managed to come back strong and I can go into the winter without any hesitation.

"I still have some pain where I broke some bones when there is colder weather but I proved myself in the last races of the season that I can do top 10 in WorldTour races so it won’t be a problem in the next season."


The Giro d’Italia

The precise make-up of Hermans’ 2018 programme remains to be seen with the team awaiting wild card decisions from WorldTour races. The announcement they are awaiting most eagerly is that of the four available spots at the Giro d’Italia. With the race starting in Jerusalem, it seems highly likely that they will be there on May 4. If the almost certain happens, Hermans is likely to be on the front line for selection for Israel Cycling Academy's debut Grand Tour.

Hermans’ Grand Tour appearances have been sporadic since his first ride at the 2012 Giro d’Italia. He believes that he does have the capacity to pull out a strong general classification result, but says that a stage victory would likely prove more beneficial than a half-decent GC spot.

"I have proved it before. In the Vuelta in 2016, I went 14th supporting other guys in the GC and this year I was 12th when I left the Giro with illness, so I proved that I can do top 10 in the best circumstances but it is not a real objective for the team also. When you win a stage, it is better than finishing ninth in the GC, publicity-wise," Hermans told Cyclingnews.

"I will probably go for a stage win first. I think that in a team like Israel Cycling Academy you have more chances to win a stage than on a big WorldTour team, because they don’t let you ride when you can be a support rider for a big leader in the final."



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Bericht van dosphorus op ma nov 20, 2017 9:27 pm

Eigenlijk niet bijzonder veel info in het interview - vind ik spijtig. Natuurlijk ook moeilijk aangezien ze hun programma nog niet kennen.

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Bericht van Admin op ma nov 20, 2017 9:33 pm

Is ook nog wat komkommertijd eigenlijk. binnen een week of twee komt er wel veel info vermoedelijk.

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Bericht van dosphorus op ma dec 11, 2017 10:06 am

Wat denken we nu van Hermans? Zal zich voornamelijk op rondjes moeten toeleggen want voor de klassiekers wrs geen uitnodiging + moeilijke combo met de giro?

Hebben we voldoende zicht op het programma van de ploeg / maken we ons daar geen zorgen over?

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Bericht van dosphorus op vr dec 22, 2017 10:04 am

More interesting is whether the team can get the grandfather Sondre Holst Enger back on track after his failed stay at Ag2r. If it succeeds, the future is very promising, but it is still too early to have too much expectations for the seemingly rather unstable and fragile Enger.

Greater stability, August Jensen, the grandfather, concluded this year in the top 11 in all at almost one stage in the three major Norwegian stages and in the top 5 in the overall position in all three, but after all, it will be too much to demand that put him a leadership role in view already in his first year as a professional.

However, such a role can be assumed by Ben Hermans, and the decision to pick Belgium to the team may well prove to be one of the most interesting things that have happened in the justified transfer season. Hermans showed promising moves in his young years, among other things, with a victory over the Belgium Tour in his first World Tour season, but after that he became very fast locked in an assistant role at the first Radioshack and since BMC. The health has not helped him, and he has been put back by sickness and control several times. Now, however, something seems to happen. The victory in the Brabant Arrow in 2015 was apparently what needed to take the next step. Shortly afterwards, he won a stage in the Tour de Yorkshire, became No. 2 in Austria Round and was only 3 seconds away from winning the World Tour race Poland Round. He won sovereignly at the king of the Arctic Tour of Norway, and only one puncture at the last stage prevented him from winning overall. Until then Hermans had primarily been considered an ardenner specialist, but in 2016 he showed that he could also drive in mountains. It happened at the royal stage in Vuelta a Burgos, where he could follow a certain Alberto Contador to the door of the legendary Lagunas de Neila rise - a result which meant he was missing only one second to beat the Spanish star in battle for it total victory. Shortly afterwards, he drove as a helper for Samuel Sanchez in Vueltaen, and although he did not look at the overall position, he ended up as No. 14 after several impressive prizes stations in the mountains. This year he reached completely new heights in the first months of the year. Fabio Aru, Romain Bardet, Jakob Fuglsang and a very powerful Rui Costa were just some of the riders who got a regular clash of Hermans in the Tour of Oman, where he won two stages and won a superior overall victory. Most impressive was that the relatively large Belgians put the lightweight people on the very steep Green Mountain rise - a performance that undermines that potential. Unfortunately, much of the season was destroyed by health problems, first in the Ardennes and later in the Giro, where he had to get out of sickness. His season seemed to be over when he crashed badly in the Tour de Pologne, but in an impressive way he managed to get back in such a good shape that he could become No. 10 in Giro dell'Emilia, No. 14 in Il Lombardia as well No. 5 in the Tour of Guangxi. Hermans has certainly not been persecuted to her luck in his professional career, but when he has finally been harmless and disease-free, he has delivered results that exceed his status in the professional field. Of course, he has also noticed, so it is only logical that he has said goodbye to the safe environment and the probably solid paycheck at BMC to find out what the potential is in a captain's role at the Israel Cycling Academy. Here he must be the team's undisputed leader in stage races and hitting classics. Can he put only one team in relation to what he has shown so far, it can only be very good.

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