The champion vs champion rivalry of Patrick Bevin vs Jack Bauer will not be materialising at the Elite Road National Championships in Napier as it was announced that Patrick Bevin will be withdrawing from the national championships with injury.
Patrick Bevin was absent from proceedings last year and unable to defend his 2016 time trial title which he won in the colours of Cannondale-Drapac. The highly anticipated duel against the clock which was to take place between 2016 champion Bevin and 2017 champion Jack Bauer will not take place though following a crash in training for the former. BMC Racing made the announcement, with Chief Medical Officer for the team Max Testa saying, “Patrick crashed on a descent in training and was taken to hospital for examination which revealed a deep contusion on his right elbow and some road rash.”
Fortunately for Bevin the injury is merely a temporary blip in his preparation for his first World Tour outing with his new team, which is set to be at the Santos Tour Down Under. “Patrick will need to stay off the bike for five to seven days before resuming his normal training load. Unfortunately this rules him out of the New Zealand National Time Trial and Road Race Championships but at this stage, he should be fine to race at the Santos Tour Down Under.”
Speaking about the crash Patrick said, “I hit a melted piece of tar on the road which sent me flying over my handlebars without any warning and I landed on my right elbow. I’m not feeling too bad but I’m a bit gutted about it because you never want to crash in training. I was going fairly quickly so I’m a bit banged up but I’m pretty lucky considering it was a big, wide, and fast piece of road.”