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Ben Hermans' De Rosa Protos for the Tour of Utah

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Ben Hermans' De Rosa Protos in use at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah

Ben Hermans' De Rosa Protos in use at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah
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Hermans' team name adorns the top tube of his custom-painted De Rosa Protos

Hermans' team name adorns the top tube of his custom-painted De Rosa Protos
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53/38 chainrings are paired with FSA's Powerbox Carbon crankset, which spins on C-Bear ceramic bottom bracket bearings

53/38 chainrings are paired with FSA's Powerbox Carbon crankset, which spins on C-Bear ceramic bottom bracket bearings
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A Dura-Ace Di2 rear derailleur is paired with an 11-30 cassette and a gold KMC X11 SL chain

A Dura-Ace Di2 rear derailleur is paired with an 11-30 cassette and a gold KMC X11 SL chain
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Hermans' saddle of choice is the Selle Italia Flite Team Edition Flow

Hermans' saddle of choice is the Selle Italia Flite Team Edition Flow
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Hermans has added a couple of lucky charms to his bike, one of which is secured beneath his saddle

Hermans has added a couple of lucky charms to his bike, one of which is secured beneath his saddle
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Berk Composites provide the team with custom De Rosa specific race number holders

Berk Composites provide the team with custom De Rosa specific race number holders
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Elite provide the team with Leggero lightweight bottle cages and Fly bottles

Elite provide the team with Leggero lightweight bottle cages and Fly bottles
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A close look at one of Hermans' lucky charms, affixed atop his stem

A close look at one of Hermans' lucky charms, affixed atop his stem
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Ben Hermans, the 33-year-old Belgian, wearing the Tour of Utah leaders jersey

Ben Hermans, the 33-year-old Belgian, wearing the Tour of Utah leaders jersey
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Hermans is using Vision Metron 40 tubular wheels and Maxxis High Road tyres

Hermans is using Vision Metron 40 tubular wheels and Maxxis High Road tyres
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Ben Hermans' Di2 junction box is superglued to the underside of his FSA stem

Ben Hermans' Di2 junction box is superglued to the underside of his FSA stem
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Ben Hermans, the 33-year-old Belgian currently riding for Israel Cycling Academy, has just taken his second general classification win of the season at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, improving upon his 2018 runner up result, beating James Piccoli into second place by 50 seconds.

For 2019, Hermans, who stands at 1.86m tall, has been riding a 55cm rim brake-equipped De Rosa Protos, an aerodynamically sympathetic allrounder that is suitable for professionals and amateurs alike. Hermans' required reach is achieved with the use of a 130mm FSA OS-99 carbon fibre stem, which is paired with 42cm FSA K-Force handlebars. Both of these feature extra FSA logo stickers for greater exposure for the component brand.

There are a couple of less-common additions to Hermans' bike in the form of what look to be lucky charms. One of which is affixed to the stem and the other is placed securely underneath his Selle Italia Flite Team Edition Flow saddle. There is also a super-lightweight carbon fibre number holder, made by Berk Composites.

Hermans is using the Metron 40 tubular wheelset from the team's wheel sponsor Vision. These have been fitted with Maxxis High Road tubular tyres, and although not tubeless, Hermans is using Orange Seal tubeless sealant as an extra preventative against untimely punctures.

Power is measured using FSA's own Powerbox power meter, which spins on a C-Bear ceramic bottom bracket. Data is collected by a Lezyne computer, which is fitted directly on top of Hermans' stem rather than to an out-front mount. The bike is fitted with the range-topping Dura-Ace R9150 Di2 groupset from Shimano. A 53/38 chainring combination is paired with an 11-30 cassette, and Hermans has opted for a gold KMC X11 SL chain. Upfront, the R9150 shift/brake levers are paired with sprint shifters, which provide easy access shifting when in the drops – useful both in sprints, as intended, as well as when tackling technical descents.

Click through the gallery above for a closer look at Hermans' De Rosa Protos

Hermans' De Rosa Protos full bike specifications

Frameset: De Rosa Protos (55cm)

Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9110-F direct mount
Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9110-RS direct mount
Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 (11-30)
Chain: KMC X11-SL Gold
Crankset: FSA Powerbox Carbon (172.5mm)
Chainrings: 53/38
Bottom bracket: C-Bear ceramic

Wheelset: Vision Metron 40 tubular
Tyres: Maxxis High Road tubular

Handlebars: FSA K-Force compact carbon (42cm)
Stem: FSA OS-99 carbon (130mm)
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Saddle: Selle Italia Flite Team Edition Flow
Seat post: De Rosa proprietary

Bottle cages: Elite Leggero
Computer: Lezyne
Other accessories: Berk Composites number holder, Orange Seal tyre sealant

Rider height: 1.86m

Ben Hermans' kit specifications

Helmet: Giro Aether
Sunglasses: Oakley Radar

Shoes: Specialized S-Works 7
Cleats: Shimano SPD SL (zero float)

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