Quinten Hermans "didn't have to go deep" for a great victory, where does his future lie?  “I am in a luxury situation”


With a strong sprint on the Mur de Durbuy, Quinten Hermans (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) crowned himself the winner of the queen stage in the Baloise Belgium Tour. On the way, our compatriot also took the full loot in the Golden Kilometer, which means that he is now eight seconds behind leader Mauro Schmid. “Every second I took today is good”, Hermans cautiously hopes for the overall victory.

Maarten Vanhoof

“We wanted to send someone who was not too far in the standings with the flight”, Hermans explained the race plan of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert. “Unfortunately, that didn’t work. Then we had to switch to plan B. That was just going full out with the whole team and it worked out well. Everyone has done a fantastic job. Specially I have to pay Lorenzo (Rota, his teammate, ed.) to thank. He helped me a lot in the final.”

Hermans took a shot at the overall victory today. He emphasized that ambition by taking every second in the Golden Kilometer. “I didn’t feel like I had to go very deep for that. Then I knew I had good legs. Every second I take is good, because something can always happen in the last stage. I’ve already lost the Tour of Wallonia by a second difference, so I’d rather have a second too much than too little.”

After his second place in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, this is a new top performance by 26-year-old Hermans, who has ended his contract with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert this year. His future is not yet clear. “I’m not sure yet, but I’m in no rush. Enough has already appeared in the media about teams that are interested in me. I just have to see what is most interesting for me, both financially and sportingly. That doesn’t mean I’m leaving, though. I am in a luxury situation.”

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