Patrick Bevin has received the call up to Cannondale-Drapac’s Vuelta a Espana squad, a decision which hands Bevin his debut Grand Tour start. Bevin will line up in a squad that is centred around the GC ambitions of Andrew Talansky. His name on the start list is also New Zealand’s third name on this year’s Vuelta roster as he joins Sam Bewley and George Bennett in the line up.
A season of highs and lows
It’s safe to say that Patrick Bevin’s debut season at World Tour level with Cannondale-Drapac has been full of great results, frustrating injuries and everything in between. After claiming the national time trial title in January, Bevin’s year got better and better as he was exposed to his first World Tour events. He finished third in the prologue time trial of Paris-Nice but was then cruelly denied a chance to finish the race as he suffered a fractured rib which forced him to withdraw a day before the finish.
After a stalled recovery, due to a crash in the 3 Days of De Panne, Bevin got stuck back into racing at the Amgen Tour of California. In between UCI racing Bevin has also made the most of time in Belgium where he was in winning form at the GP Lanssens-Crelan. Earlier this month Bevin finished third in stage 4 of the Vuelta a Burgos; showing that his form was coming good going into the latter half of the season. Finally, a fifth place overall finish in the Czech Cycling Tour – that featured team time trial victory on day 1 – were the final results that secured Bevin his spot in the squad.
Talansky in charge for Cannondale-Drapac
Andrew Talansky missed the Tour de France, preparing for a return to the Vuelta a Espana. The American has fond memories of the Vuelta, saying, “The Vuelta was my first Grand Tour and it has always been special to me. The Spanish fans are great, the race is intense, but traditionally the stress level is slightly lower than the Tour [de France].”
The Cannondale-Drapac squad features some quality climbers including Joe Dombrowski, Simon Clarke, Davide Formolo and Pierre Rolland. The full line up for the team which will start the race on tomorrow night is below: