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by Shane Stokes
September 2, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Trentin completes treble with victory on stage 13 of Vuelta; Brennauer outsprints Hosking and Fournier to win stage 4 of Boels Ladies Tour; Belkov says Vuelta assailant has a mental disability: ‘I won’t take any further action’; Successful heart surgery for Navardauskas; Following swift recovery from fractures, Hermans confirmed for Tour of Britain; Lawless joins other Tour de l’Avenir stage winners at Team Sky; Reist becomes first woman to win Race Around Ireland; Video: Theuns belts some tunes in Vuelta singsong; Video: Chris Froome post-race interview, Stage 13 Vuelta a España
One week after his BMC Racing Team said that Ben Hermans could return to racing soon, he has been confirmed for the Ovo Energy Tour of Britain, starting Sunday. The Belgian rider crashed on stage three of the Tour of Poland, sustaining fractures to his right wrist, his left big toe, his sternum and breaking some teeth.
Given that the fall was just 32 days ago, he has have made a remarkable recovery. “I am really happy to be racing again,” he said. “It was a hard crash in Poland. I suffered multiple fractures, but thankfully all the fractures healed as fast as if there was only one.
“There is a lot of mental strength needed during the first three weeks after a crash like that but once I could hit the road again after 20 days, it all fell into place, and my recovery went pretty well. I have worked hard to come back strong enough to try to get some good results in the last few weeks of the season.”
The 31 year old won two stages plus the overall of the Tour of Oman this year, and is a past winner of the Brabantse Pijl. His Tour of Britain participation will mark his debut in that event. Sports Director Valerio Piva outlined the team’s ambitions.
“We will take the race day by day and give everyone the chance to take opportunities as they arise,” he stated. “Our first objective will be to try and jump in the right moves and go for stage wins. I think riders like Silvan Dillier and Stefan Küng will be able to perform well on this parcours. We also have Ben Hermans returning to racing in Britain. He has been working hard to recover, so we will see how he goes.”