Patrick Bevin will line up for his second grand tour of the season with eyes on finally getting a good run at a grand tour time trial in 2019. Bevin forms part of a stage-win-oriented CCC Team, that will look to animate the Vuelta throughout.
Hopes of a potential first time trial victory in a grand tour at the Tour de France were cruelly dashed in July when Patrick Bevin was forced out of the race with broken ribs. Now the Kiwi is fully recovered and ready to take another shot at the team time trial on day 1 and the 36.1km individual time trial in stage 10.
“I’m very excited to be back for the Vuelta a Espana,” Bevin said in the team announcement. “My motivation is super high after recovering from broken ribs and I’m really looking forward to pinning a number on again.”
Bevin lined up for the Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian at the beginning of August but didn’t finish the 227.3km Spanish race; and he has not completed a full day of racing since 10th July where he nursed his injured body to the finish of the fifth stage of the Tour de France before calling time on this year’s Tour.
The reigning New Zealand national time trial champion has made no secret that this year’s big objective at the Vuelta is stage 10. “My major goal is the time trial, although I feel like it’s going to be a Vuelta with a number of opportunities to really have a go at stage results as the race develops. I have done my final preparation in Andorra, so I’m really looking forward to the stage which is held there, where I know what lies ahead when they drop the flag.
Andorra la Vella to Cortals d’Encamp is the stage referred to, with stage 9 set to be one of the bigger mountain stages of this year’s race with 4 climbs to contend with. Bevin showed he can climb on his day at the Tour de Suisse where he finished 6th in the summit finish to Flumserberg. Stage 9 of the Vuelta is set to pack a big punch in a short space of time with just 96.6km of racing but a whole lot of climbing.
CCC Team will benefit from the experience of five-time Vuelta rider and stage winner Francisco Ventoso, and also Victor de la Parte who will be a dark horse for a top 10-15 finish on GC. De la Parte finished 21st at the Giro d’Italia earlier this season and took a top ten finish at the Tour of Austria in July.
The CCC Team for the Vuelta a Espana is:
Victor de la Parte
Nathan Van Hooydonck