Tour of Utah: Second win for Hermans on stage 3

15 August 2019 09:45
Ben Hermans (Israel Cycling Academy) made it two for two in the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Thursday, attacking over the top of the final climb into North Salt Lake and dropping his GC rivals to win by seven seconds over Kyle Murphy (Rally UHC) and eight second over Niklas Eg (Trek-Segafredo). The move gives Hermans 43 seconds over James Piccoli in the general classification and 1:05 over Eg. "Our team was pressured, but we never lost control of the race, so the team was pretty strong," Hermans said. "I didn't have to do much until the last kilometre on the last climb. I just had to follow Piccoli, and in the last kilometre I had an attack for 30 seconds and I could make a good gap, and it was enough for the stage win."ADVERTISEMENT Hermans waited patiently as the lead group whittled itself down to a very select few. His move with 1km to go was devastating and not challenged by anyone in the group. "Piccoli gave all he had on the first part of the climb, but he couldn’t drop me, so he didn't have anything for the second part of the climb," Hermans said. "I saw the guys on the front were very close, and so I attacked to try and catch them before the top of the climb. It was good timing. It was a good situation for us, and sometimes you can be lucky in these situations." Murphy had joined EF Education First's Lawson Craddock up the road in an earlier move and was with Craddock when the Hermans-Piccoli group caught them. An acceleration from Craddock initially dropped him, but he was able to fight his way back to the group to take the reduced sprint for second.   How it unfolded You can read more at Cyclingnews.com . read full article

Source: Cycling News