Patrick Bevin has completed a solid 9 days of racing at the Tour de Suisse, the final World Tour stage race before the Tour de France, by taking a strong top ten finish in the race’s final individual time trial. Bevin placed 10th against the clock in a stage dominated by BMC Racing riders; spearheaded by Rohan Dennis.
A final 28.6km stage starting and finishing in Schaffhausen brought to an end this year’s Tour de Suisse. Heading into the race Simon Špilak of Katusha-Alpecin held a 52 second lead overall ahead of Damiano Caruso of BMC Racing. Steven Kruijswijk was sitting in third place for LottoNL-Jumbo, while Domenico Pozzovivo of AG2R La Mondiale and Rui Costa of UAE Team Emirates completed the top five provisionally.
Patrick Bevin had already had three top six finishes in sprint stages of this year’s race; a consistently strong performance by the Te Awamutu rider. Taking to the start line for Cannondale-Drapac, Bevin began the day in 34th place overall and his time of 37.34mins was good enough for 10th place on the stage. His time put him just 2 seconds behind Tejay van Garderen, and faster than the likes of Sylvain Chavanel, Rui Costa, Michael Matthews and Carlos Betancur.
But no one was going to be able to match Rohan Dennis. The Australian who won the opening stage’s time trial, did it again on the final stage with an incredibly impressive time of 36.30mins over the course that featured a drag of a climb in the second half; averaging 47.014kph to win the stage by 29 seconds.
It was a long wait that Dennis had to find out that he had won. The Australian started the stage in the lower half of the field, but it was a wait worthwhile. His closest challengers in the end would be his teammates Stefan Küng who finished second at 29 seconds and Damiano Caruso who took third at 47 seconds.
Bahrain Merida’s Ion Izagirre was the fastest non-BMC rider in 4th place at 51 seconds ahead of race winner Špilak. Izagirre’s time was good enough to see him jump from 8th to 6th while the top five overall remained unchanged.
Sam Bewley of Orica-SCOTT was next fastest to finish for the Kiwis in 39.27mins, 6 seconds faster than Jack Bauer of Quick-Step Floors, who in turn was 5 seconds faster than Aaron Gate of Aqua Blue Sport.
|4||Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI||ESP||TBM||+51|
|7||Marc SOLER GIMENEZ||ESP||MOV||+58|
|9||Tejay VAN GARDEREN||USA||BMC||+1:02|
|15||Victor DE LA PARTE GONZALEZ||ESP||MOV||+1:19|
|17||Rui Alberto FARIA DA COSTA||POR||UAD||+1:25|