Throughout this week, we will look back and celebrate seven magical moments for Israel Start-Up Nation in 2021, presented by Vini Fantini.
Today’s magical ISN moment is Ben Hermans’ solo victory in Giro dell’Appennino back in June.
Having already marked this race beforehand, Hermans was very eager to get in the mix and fight for the win. His Israel Start-Up Nation teammates did a great job to control the race before setting him up to attack at the end.
The 35-year-old Belgian launched his decisive move on the final climb of the day, dropping everybody else. From the top, 25 km remained, leaving Hermans and his Factor OSTRO bike alone against the rest. Despite a furious chase behind, Hermans managed to hold on to take the win, lifting up his bike in celebration as his crossed the line.
Ben Hermans: “At that time of the year, we had just made some decisions about my program for the rest of the season. Together with the team management, we chose a nice program for me with races where I would have my own chance in every race I started, instead of doing the Tour the France where my chances of success would be smaller.
“When we started Giro dell’Appennino, we made a plan on how to win the race. Every single teammate had his own specific role in order to achieve that goal. It was fantastic to see that the race happened just like we planned. We took control of the race and I had the legs to go solo over the last climb.
“It wasn’t easy to finish off the job with a 25 km solo ride so I was really relieved when I succeeded! Starting off this block of racing with a win also gave me a lot of confidence and took away some pressure. I lifted my bike in the air as I crossed the line because on the final 25 km, the only thing I was thinking about was how fast the Factor OSTRO bike was on the downhill and on the flat roads towards the finish. It was truly a crucial aspect of the victory.”
Seven Magical Moments for Israel Start-Up Nation in 2021:
Part 1: Mads Würtz Schmidt’s victory on stage 6 of Tirreno-Adriatico
Part 2: Alessandro De Marchi takes the pink jersey in Giro d’Italia
Part 3: Dan Martin wins stage 17 of Giro d’Italia
part 4: André Greipel wins stage 4 of Vuelta a Andalucia