Patrick Bevin’s Tour de France came to an end in stage 14, when gastrointestinal issues brought him to a halt after working through the second third’s particularly taxing mountain stages. We caught up with Patrick after his withdrawal.
When we touched base with Patrick about how things were, the emotions were still pretty raw. Just hours earlier he’d stepped off the bike after slowly winding his way out of the back of the bunch on the Tour’s first medium mountain stage since Alpe d’Huez.
“I’m pretty burnt out to be honest. Physically and mentally it’s a huge run into a Tour de France and to step off the bike on stage 14 is a pretty horrible experience,” Patrick told RoadCycling.
While the race ended for Patrick on stage 14, the signs were there from as early as stage 12 to Alpe d’Huez. The stage was a brutal one, and not the kind of stage to add further problems to on top of the basics of heavy fatigue! “I started having some gastrointestinal issues on the Alpe d’Huez day and never recovered,” Patrick explained.
“I was hoping with the relatively easy day yesterday I would come right but this wasn’t the case. Relative ease was still 180km at 45kph. [Stage 14] was another hot and hilly stage in the Massif Central.”
Patrick has been a perpetual optimist whenever we’ve spoken to him during this year’s Tour, even in spite of the loss of Richie Porte – team leader for BMC Racing – on stage 9. He has remained just as positive in looking back on the race he was able to be a key part of. “Even stepping off the bike this year’s Tour de France was a success. We got the TTT win and spent over a week defending yellow,” Patrick said. “It was a great experience and while it hurts now not to finish in Paris I will remember it positively.”
From here attention turns to simply getting healthy again. At this stage don’t expect to see Bevin donning the red and black in the season’s final grand tour of the season. Instead Bevin has other goals in mind. “I have some one day races in August, Tour of Britain and then the world champs where I hope to ride both the TTT and TT,” Bevin said.