Hermans Ninth on Tour de Yorkshire Queen Stage1. May 2016, Scarborough (ENG) — Road Team
Ben Hermans crossed the line in ninth place on the third and final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire to continue the team’s run of top ten finishes on all three stages.
The queen stage didn’t disappoint in terms of action with the peloton catching the initial breakaway before attack after attack was launched.
Hermans was joined by Rohan Dennis and Joey Rosskopf at the front of the race in the final 60 kilometers before the winning attacked was launched by Thomas Voeckler.
Quotes of the Day:
“I’m not as explosive as the guys like Roche and Voeckler, especially in these weather conditions. If you are more of an explosive rider I think you have an advantage when it is colder. I could keep going but couldn’t jump like they did. Then you lose 100 meters and you try to close it and then I waited for my teammates, Joey Rosskopf and Rohan Dennis, who did a really good job of working for me. They were dropped, they came back, they worked again. We tried to close the gap with Katusha but those guys in front were strong and couldn’t be brought back.”
“You cannot be happy when all of the team is working for you and you finish ninth. Last year I did better so I’m not really happy with the result but I am happy that I’m back to a good level. I’ve work hard to get back to a good level and I hope this is a new start after the back problems that I’ve had.”
Jackson Stewart, Sports Director:
“We knew the stage a little bit from last year and it was definitely the hardest stage of the race. The cross winds were really difficult, as too are the roads which are really narrow with lots of turns. It’s never simple here. We had some guys coming back from illness and some guys who were not quite at their best level, but we did a good ride. We couldn’t match Team SKY who set an incredible pace, but we can be happy that we got Ben in the top ten on the stage.”
“It’s good to see a rider like Rohan coming back in good form following his illness in the early part of the season. Joey was also really strong and he now heads to the Giro d’Italia so this is a good sign. Ben salvaged the race today for us. And then when you look back at the first two stages we had Floris Gerts and Rick Zabel finish in the top ten on both days, which is always good to see and shows the depth of the team. And of course it is nice to see the younger guys get the result.”
Tour de Yorkshire
Stage 3 Middlesbrough – Scarborough (198km)
Top 3: Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie), Nicholas Roche (Team Sky), Adam Yates (Orica GreenEDGE)
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