Ben Hermans: I look forward to working with Dan Martin
19 August 2019 01:36
Ben Hermans jumped up a spot at this year's Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah after having finished second last year, claiming the overall win in Park City on Sunday after taking the race lead four days earlier on Powder Mountain. The win comes on the heels of Hermans' win at the Tour of Austria and just days after his Israel Cycling Academy team announced the signing of Dan Martin to a two-year deal, starting next season. Hermans is in a contract year with the Pro Continental team, and he said negotiations for next season are ongoing as the team has made it clear that it wants to move to the WorldTour either next season or the year after that. ADVERTISEMENT Hermans said he'd welcome the move, but that the team needed to start signing some bigger-named riders. Israel Cycling Academy pulled that off this week by signing Martin, and Hermans was obviously pleased. "I really like Dan Martin as a person and also as a rider," Hermans said. "He's more or less the same type of rider as me, so it will be really nice to work together with him and help him when he's good, and maybe he can help me when I'm in better shape. "It would also be a different perspective in the Classics races, in the Ardennes races," Hermans said. "He can really go for the win, so we could have a really high goal there. I would like to look forward to working with him."
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