We saw it coming… And flying away…
Ben Hermans finished 6th
Sylvan Adams stands next to our bus and waits for his riders.
He does it day in and day out. Often tired from his daily ride on the Tour de France course, ahead of the peloton. But he makes sure to shake the hands of every one of “his” riders, whether they had a good day or bad.
Today he needed the pat on the back himself. Ben Hermans’ breakaway looked so promising. The opportunity was there – in the most vivid of colors. He knew what everybody knew: Hermans at his best would win today. But it never meant to be, and when Ben approached the bus, Sylvan was there to do the consoling.
Minutes later came the realizations that really, we had everything to be proud of. “A few days ago, we started the Tour with a crash that could have wiped out almost half the team,” he recalled. “But we came from that. We’ve raced almost every day towards victory, finishing in the top ten four times. Twice now we’ve spent significant time at the front of the race. Let’s keep this up!”