The Belgian is one of four riders confirmed for the Israel Cycling Academy‘s debut Grand Tour line-up, with Ruben Plaza, Krists Neilands and Guillaume Boivin all getting the nod.
Hermans previously finished 14th overall at the 2016 Vuelta a España, and while he suggested late last year that he would like to improve on that at the Giro, stage success is at the forefront of his mind.
“I will first focus on a stage win,” the 31-year-old told Cyclingnews in Ora at the start of stage 3 of the Tour of the Alps on Wednesday. “Here I am also focusing on a stage win, but the first two stages were too hard to go for a stage win. That’s why I’m up there in the GC and didn’t want to drop back. Mentally, I think it is better to be up there than to drop back and then go for a stage win. The Giro is different.”
To achieve his target, Hermans is hoping that he can make it into a rare breakaway that will be allowed to go all the way to the finish, but he knows that there will be plenty of others on the same mission.
“Those are the stages we are also looking for, the stages that the team of the leader says the breakaway can go and it’s hard enough to make a difference in the end,” explained Hermans.
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