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Video: Highlights from Brabantse Pijl

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Ben Hermans (BMC)

Ben Hermans (BMC) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Ben Hermans (BMC Racing Team) and David Tanner (IAM Cycling).

Ben Hermans (BMC Racing Team) and David Tanner (IAM Cycling). (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Matthews, Hermans and Gilbert on the podium.

Matthews, Hermans and Gilbert on the podium. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The peloton races through small Belgian towns during De Brabantse Pijl

The peloton races through small Belgian towns during De Brabantse Pijl (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The sprint for the win in Brabantse Pijl opens up...

The sprint for the win in Brabantse Pijl opens up... (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Ben Hermans (BMC Racing Team) and David Tanner (IAM Cycling).

Ben Hermans (BMC Racing Team) and David Tanner (IAM Cycling). (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)

Ben Hermans (BMC Racing) took the biggest win of his career on Wednesday with a gutsy solo move from a two-rider breakaway at Brabantse Pijl-La Flèche Brabançonne, holding off a quickly closing bunch led by Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge).

Hermans sneaked away from the bunch toward the end of the race with IAM Cycling's David Tanner, likely in an effort to set up BMC leader Philippe Gilbert, who won the race in 2012. The pair had a 30 second lead with 7km remaining, but Tanner faded on a climb while Hermans continued on alone, diving down the twisting descent and powering up the final Schavel climb in the final kilometre. 

While nervously checking over his shoulder several times, the 28-year-old Belgian poured on the power and defied the chase, winning by two seconds in the exciting finale. 

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