2.19.2017

Procycling - Ben Hermans wins Tour of Oman: "For the classics perhaps I will have a chance"

Image may contain: 7 people, people smiling, people standing and outdoorBen Hermans:
"I was scared that something like that [crash] could happen, especially with the wind as the whole peloton was nervous. It was very dangerous and then they made a big mess by chasing the breakaway down for the sprints. It was just nervous but this is bike racing so we always have to be concentrating until we cross the finish line.
I'm really happy that I could take two stage and the GC. It's more than I could have dreamed of. It was the perfect week for me, perfect start to the season. I always like to start the season in good shape and then normally it continues for the rest of the year.
I knew from training that I was really, really good. I was going so hard. I already had this feeling several times but I never won the GC, I won stages or I won classics, but I was never performing so well against the kind of climbers who are here. So in this way I surprised myself.
Such a good start definitely gives me more confidence. I am not the level of Richie Porte, Tejay van Garderen or Greg Van Avermaet. I am going to have my chances though I think. For the classics perhaps I will have a chance. Liege-Bastogne-Liege is for sure a goal for me."

RESULTS
Stage 1 - Al Sawadi Beach › Naseem Park  KRISTOFF Alexander GC  KRISTOFF Alexander
Stage 2 - Nakhal › Al Bustan HERMANS Ben  GC HERMANS Ben
Stage 3 - Sultan Qaboos University › Quriyat ANDERSEN Søren Kragh GC HERMANS Ben
Stage 4 - Yiti (Al Sifah) › Ministry of Tourism KRISTOFF Alexander GC  HERMANS Ben
Stage 5 - Samail › Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountain)  HERMANS Ben GC HERMANS Ben
Stage 6 - The Wave › Muttrah Corniche KRISTOFF Alexander GC  HERMANS Ben
FINAL GC
1 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team 20:56:20  
2 Rui Costa (Por) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 0:00:22  
3 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:35  
4 Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension Data 0:00:58
5 Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Bahrain-Merida 0:01:12
6 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:17
7 Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:19
8 Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data 0:01:21
9 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:01:33
10 Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data 0:01:38
11 David De La Cruz (Spa) Quick-Step Floors 0:01:40
12 Janier Acevedo (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:01:48
13 Laurens De Plus (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:02:02
14 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb
15 Daniel Pearson (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport 0:02:18
16 Delio Fernandez (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 0:02:21
17 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:02:27
18 Lachlan Norris (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:02:34
19 Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:02:58
20 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:03:10
21 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
22 Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect 0:03:19
23 Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina 0:03:40
24 Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Dimension Data 0:04:15
25 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:04:29
26 Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport 0:04:30
27 Annas Ait el Abdia (Mor) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 0:04:50
28 Rein Taaramäe (Est) Katusha-Alpecin 0:05:22
29 Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:05:33
30 Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:05:49
31 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 0:06:06
32 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin 0:07:12
33 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 0:07:36
34 John Anderson Rodriguez (Col) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 0:08:05
35 Jakub Kaczmarek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:09:16
36 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:09:35
37 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:09:47
38 Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:09:48
39 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:10:13
40 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:10:47
41 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:11:15
42 Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:11:19
43 Fabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:11:47
44 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step Floors 0:11:49
45 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:12:37
46 Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:14:12
47 Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:14:44
48 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:15:22
49 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina 0:15:31
50 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin 0:15:43
51 Patryk Stosz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:15:46
52 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:16:18
53 Olivier Pardini (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect 0:16:20
54 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:16:48
55 Stefan Denifl (Aut) Aqua Blue Sport 0:18:21
56 Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension Data 0:18:51
57 Gavin Manion (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:19:18
58 Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:19:23
59 Kilian Frankiny (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:19:31
60 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step Floors 0:19:33
61 Julian Arredondo (Col) Nippo - Vini Fantini 0:19:53
62 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:20:07
63 Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina 0:20:13
64 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:20:20
65 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:20:52
66 Piet Allegaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:20:59
67 Alexander Cataford (Can) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:21:15
68 Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors 0:22:05
69 Simone Antonini (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:22:15
70 Marko Kump (Slo) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 0:22:16
71 Stijn Steels (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:22:17
72 Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:22:18
73 Lukas Spengler (Swi) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect 0:22:27
74 Michal Paluta (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:22:42
75 Martin Elmiger (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:22:44
76 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 0:23:00
77 Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale 0:23:55
78 Marco Marcato (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 0:23:56
79 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data 0:24:20
80 Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 0:24:27
81 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:25:16
82 Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport 0:25:28
83 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:26:29
84 Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (Den) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 0:26:31
85 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina 0:26:55
86 Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 0:27:02
87 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:27:45
88 Daniel Diaz (Arg) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 0:28:12
89 Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:28:51
90 Mark Christian (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport 0:29:58
91 Alberto Ceecchin (Ita) Wilier Triestina 0:30:06
92 Nikita Stalnov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:30:22
93 Rafael Andriato (Bra) Wilier Triestina 0:30:38
94 Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data 0:30:53
95 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin 0:31:11
96 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Sunweb 0:31:17
97 Gregory Habeaux (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect 0:32:14
98 Adam Blythe (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport 0:32:32
99 Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:32:39
100 Meiyin Wang (Chn) Bahrain-Merida 0:32:43
101 Roy Jans (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect 0:32:44
102 Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
103 Julien Stassen (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect 0:33:36
104 Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 0:33:40
105 Eduard Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini 0:33:53
106 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:34:03
107 Yousif Mirza Alhammadi (UAE) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 0:34:07
108 Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Sunweb 0:34:15
109 Daniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:34:53
110 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:35:49
111 Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:36:02
112 Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin 0:36:29
113 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 0:36:41
114 Frantisek Sisr (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:36:43
115 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 0:37:28
116 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale 0:37:45
117 Kazushige Kuboki (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini 0:38:05
118 Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:38:07
119 Thomas Deruette (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect 0:38:10
120 Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension Data 0:38:25
121 Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini 0:39:27
122 Michael Morkov (Den) Katusha-Alpecin 0:39:42
123 Robin Stenuit (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:39:51
124 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 0:40:46
125 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:40:55
126 Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina 0:40:59
127 Federico Zurlo (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 0:41:30
128 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 0:43:46
129 Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:43:47
130 Benjamin Giraud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 0:43:56
131 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team
132 Aime De Gendt (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:46:04
133 Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Bahrain-Merida 0:46:51
134 Martin Laas (Est) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 0:47:24
135 Christophe Masson (Fra) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect 0:47:31
136 Borut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 0:50:14
137 Matthew Brammeier (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport 0:50:44
138 Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:57:13
139 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport 0:58:05
POINTS
1 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin 47 pts
2 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team 42
3 Rui Costa (Por) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 33
4 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 25
5 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data 19
6 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 18
7 Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension Data 16
8 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb 15
9 Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data 15
10 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 15
YOUTH
1 Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension Data 20:57:18  
2 Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data 0:00:23
3 Laurens De Plus (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:01:04
4 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb
5 Daniel Pearson (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport 0:01:20
6 Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:02:00
7 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:02:12
8 Annas Ait el Abdia (Mor) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 0:03:52
9 John Anderson Rodriguez (Col) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 0:07:07
10 Jakub Kaczmarek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:08:18
MOST AGGRESSIVE RIDER
1 Aime De Gendt (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise 18 pts
2 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise 14
3 Mark Christian (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport 13
4 Stefan Denifl (Aut) Aqua Blue Sport 11
5 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 8
6 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team 7
7 Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors 7
8 Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise 7
9 Kazushige Kuboki (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini 6
10 Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 5
TEAM
1 Dimension Data 14:52:46  
2 AG2R-La Mondiale 0:02:12
3 Astana Pro Team 0:02:20
4 Bahrain-Merida 0:04:42
5 BMC Racing Team 0:05:17
6 Quick-Step Floors 0:09:02
7 Aqua Blue Sport 0:14:15
8 UnitedHealthcare 0:14:25
9 CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:17:58
10 UAE Abu Dhabi 0:18:24
11 Wanty-Groupe Gobert 0:19:55
12 Katusha-Alpecin 0:23:38
13 Delko-Marseille Provence KTM 0:24:50
14 Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:26:47
15 Team Sunweb 0:27:17
16 Nippo-Vini Fantini 0:29:17
17 WB Veranclassic Aqua Project 0:33:08
18 Wilier Triestina 0:34:27

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