Ben Hermans Makes Return to Racing at OVO Energy Tour of Britain1. September 2017, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team
Ben Hermans will make his return to racing this week as he joins BMC Racing Team’s ambitious lineup for the OVO Energy Tour of Britain (3 - 10 September).
Sports Director Valerio Piva said that BMC Racing Team will be looking for opportunities over the course of the eight-day race.
“With a team of six riders, it's hard to control the race and go in with a particular leader so, instead, we will take the race day by day and give everyone the chance to take opportunities as they arise. Our first objective will be to try and jump in the right moves and go for stage wins, and I think riders like Silvan Dillier and Stefan Küng will be able to perform well over this type of parcours. They are in top shape, and so we will keep them protected. We also have Ben Hermans returning to racing in Britain. He has been working hard to recover so we will see how he goes after his crash. As a whole, we have a good group of time trialists for this race and we will see how we arrive at that point. It’s a 16km time trial, and you can definitely make a difference overall there,” Piva said.
Hermans is looking forward to heading back to the start line after the crash which forced him to abandon the Tour of Poland.
“I am really happy to be racing again. It was a hard crash in Poland, and I suffered multiple fractures but thankfully all the fractures healed together and as fast as if there was only one. There is a lot of mental strength needed during the first three weeks after a crash like that but once I could hit the road again after 20 days, it all fell into place, and my recovery went pretty well. I have worked hard to come back strong enough to try to get some good results in the last few weeks of the season. During training, I have been feeling good, and we will see how it goes at the race, but I expect to be at a good level for the rest of the season. The OVO Energy Tour of Britain is also a new for race me. I have never raced here before, so I am looking forward to getting started,” Hermans explained.
OVO Energy Tour of Britain (3 - 10 September)
Rider Roster: Brent Bookwalter (USA), Silvan Dillier (SUI), Floris Gerts (NED), Ben Hermans (BEL), Stefan Küng (SUI), Joey Rosskopf (USA)
Sports Directors: Valerio Piva (ITA), Marco Pinotti (ITA)