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by Shane Stokes
October 17, 2017
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Ben Hermans and Nicolas Roche will head the BMC Racing Team squad in the Tour of Guangxi in China, with both riders believing that they have the condition to make a big impression. The new WorldTour race begins on Thursday and runs until Tuesday week, and represents a chance for the duo to end their seasons on a high note. Roche has previously performed strongly in China, winning a stage of the Tour of Beijing in 2011.
Hermans is leaving the team for the Cycling Academy squad, and wants to finish the year as he started it. He was second overall in the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in February and then won two stages plus the overall in the Tour of Oman.
“After the two races in Italy, Giro dell’Emilia and Il Lombardia, my motivation is high to get a good result,” he said, referring to his tenth and 14th places respectively. “I had good form there, so I want to finish well in the last race of the season. We don’t know what to expect for the parcours. Looking at the stage profiles, I think the steep uphill finish of stage 4 will suit me. I hope the legs will be good that day and I can get the result we are aiming for.
“Of course, you always want to go for the win with somebody in the team, but first you need to find the good feeling in the first stages and plan from there. It is always a question of how you handled the long trip to a race like that and how well you have recovered for the last race of the season. We also have Nicolas Roche in good shape for this race. The race could be decided on any of the six stages.”
Roche is also going well, having finished fourth in Emilia and 12th in Il Lombardia.