Ben Hermans wins Tour of Oman Queen stage to all but secure overall victory

Ben Hermans (BMC Racing) won the Tour of Oman Queen Stage to Green Mountain, extending his lead in the general classification with just one day to go.

Ben Hermans wins stage five of the Tour of Oman

(Image credit: © ZUPERDEHLIE // Kåre Dehlie Thorstad)

Ben Hermans (BMC Racing) won stage five of the Tour of Oman on Saturday to all but secure his first ever general classification victory.

The Belgian, who also won stage two, led the race going into the Queen stage by five seconds from Rui Costa (UAE-Abu Dhabi), and he was able to extend his advantage to more than 20 seconds by winning atop Green Mountain.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.