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by Mark Zalewski
April 12, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Bouhanni wins Paris-Camembert; The Status of Women’s Pro Cycling – Part 3: Owning the Road Ahead; Scarponi to replace Aru in Giro after knee injury worse than initially believed; Alaphilippe out of Ardennes Classics with injury; Wout Poels out of Ardennes with knee injury; BMC closes out Belgian Classics without Van Avermaet; Quinziato announces retirement at end of 2017; Sunweb regaining riders injured in early season; Montana legislature removes proposed bicycle fee amendment from bill; Researchers study why cyclists break road rules; Video: The bike is just a detail; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Focus on ORICA-Scott; Video: Tour de Yorkshire promo.
After dominating the Flanders Classics with two wins and a second place, as well as the win at Paris-Roubaix, BMC’s Greg Van Avermaet has more than earned a break, allowing his teammates an opportunity at the mid-week De Brabantse Pijl on Wednesday. The team will be led by 2015 winner Ben Hermans.
Ben Hermans pictured during Tour of Oman.
“De Brabantse Pijl is a course that suits me as I won it two years ago,” Hermans said. “It’s always extra motivation to go back to a race you’ve won before but it doesn’t make it any easier to win again. The next one-day races suit me as a rider and I am happy to start this block of racing at De Brabantse Pijl.”
“We’re wrapping up the Flanders Classics with De Brabantse Pijl which has traditionally been a good race for [us],” said DS Jackson Stewart. “We know Ben Hermans has a good chance, as do some of our younger guys like Dylan Teuns and Loïc Vliegen, who showed good form at Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco.”
“Silvan Dillier is also coming in with solid form so as a team we are ready to race aggressively and continue [the team’s] success at the race and the Classics season this year. It’s a tough race and I think with multiple cards to play we are in a good position.”
Hermans took two stage wins and the overall earlier this year at the Tour of Oman.