Ben Hermans and Alexander Kristoff celebrate in Tour of Oman
Feb 19 2017 07:50 pm CET

Ben Hermans and Alexander Kristoff celebrate in Tour of Oman

Ben Hermans of BMC Racing Team has won the 2017 Tour of Oman, his first overall victory in a stage race. The final stage went to Alexander Kristoff of Katusha-Alpecin.

Iljo Keisse (Quick-Step Floors), Aimé De Gendt (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) en Benjamin Giraud (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) were the escapees of the day. The three gained an advantage of about three minutes but weren't given much more space by the peloton.

Disaster almost struck for race leader Ben Hermans when the Belgian hit the ground just ahead of the first climb, but the crash had no serious consequences and the rider soon rejoined the pack to continue the defense of his leader's jersey.

In front, meanwhile, Keisse and De Gendt dropped Giraud but they too were eventually reeled in by the pack, inspired by Kristoff's Katusha-Alpecin teammates.

A late attack by Romain Bardet and Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet had no success, paving the way for yet another mass sprints. As was the case in two of the previous five stages, Kristoff crossed the line first with Nippo-Vini Fantini's Eduard Michael Grosu taking second place ahead of UAE Abu Dhabi's Sacha Modolo.

Hermans, who finished in the pack, successfully defended his 22-second advantage over Rui Costa of UAE Abu Dhabi. Astana's Fabio Aru takes third place at 35 seconds from the overall winner.

The victory confirms Hermans' good shape as the season is starting to progress. The Belgian had already finished second behind Nairo Quintana in the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana.

Photo of Ben Hermans by Mary Cárdenas /



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