Ben Hermans: It's a bad situation for all of us but nothing compared to what people are enduring out there
Apr 05 2020 03:23 am CET

Ben Hermans: It's a bad situation for all of us but nothing compared to what people are enduring out there
Ben Hermans: It's a bad situation for all of us but nothing compared to what people are enduring out there
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Reigning champion of the Tour of Utah Ben Hermans (Israel Start-Up Nation) has shown his disappointment about the cancellation of the race.

Just hours after the organisation of the American race announced that its 16th edition -which was set to be between the 3rd and the 9th of August- will not be held in 2020, its current champion showed his disappointment about the news but also put it into perspective in relation with the current situation of the world derived of the Covid-19 crisis.

"It’s a bad situation for all of us," said Hermans. !A bad year. A bad moment. For some worse than others. But we need to look outside our bubble. It’s nothing compared to what people are enduring out there."

It has been a tough year for the Belgian as he crashed at the Tour Down Under -which left him with fractures in the collarbone, ribs and scapula- and after finishing rehab and going back to his form he was planning to come back at the American race to defend his title.

"I was thinking about that perfect scenario, going back with my teammates and defending it," the rider said. "I love this race. It’s different than most of the European races because it’s so open. In Europe many go to a race knowing that they have zero chance and they only follow wheels and survive.

"But in this amazing race – you sense that everybody believes that they have a chance on the open roads. It’s still very hard and always decided in the mountains. So yeah, it’s hard for me to accept that it’s now gone with the wind, too."

Although there are still some months for this race to happen, Hermans understand why the organisation decided to cancel it right away. "They knew it would be extremely difficult to get an international field of riders together," he explained.

"It’s good that they took the decision now, so they don’t spend money for nothing and still remain financially safe to organize the race next year."

The Belgian will also take part in the Israel Start-Up Nation Medical Aid ride on Zwift, which is made with the objective of donating masks to hospitals in need around the world that are battling the coronavirus pandemic. "It’s great that the team is trying to do something together like deliver protective masks to hospitals in need through these rides," Hermans commented.

"We all need to find ways to support the sick people and the health workers on the line out there – while trying to stay healthy and keep our families healthy… We can’t complain!!!"

Israel Start-Up Nation's medical aid on Zwift, on Sunday, April 5 at 15:30 CET. Follow the link to go to the event: https://www.zwift.com/events/view/471103





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