Patrick Bevin’s top ten result in stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse came in a week that is building up progressively to Saturday’s finale. The New Zealand national time trial champion showed today that he’s still got the kick for the line, but it’s the opportunity against the clock that’s got him really excited.
The finale to stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse was a difficult one to control and for Deceuninck-Quick Step the script couldn’t have played out any better. Hitting the front with 1.6km to go they performed the perfect lead out that yielded the perfect result for Elia Viviani. For Bevin and CCC it was a different story. The messiness of the sprint meant that Bevin and teammate Greg van Avermaet found themselves separated, and by simply holding his position the Kiwi found himself still in contention for a good finish. He opted to press on and in the end took tenth place across the line.
Afterwards Bevin seemed a little surprised by the result as he was there to look after and support Greg Van Avermaet. “Once the sprint became messy, I got split up from Greg on a different side of the road and then going into the last roundabout with one kilometre to go and you’re kind of in a good position, it takes about six pedal strokes to carry on. It’s not really what we set out to do but it’s a result at the Tour de Suisse. The finishes have been really tough here,” Bevin said in a team statement.
Bevin’s eyes remain on the time trial, where he will be hoping he can potentially secure his second World Tour stage victory to back up the one he took at the Santos Tour Down Under earlier in the year; and his first against the clock at World Tour level. “I’m really looking forward to the last time trial. I feel that I came in a little underdone but each day I’ve felt better and better an I’ve been enjoying the racing. But, I’m really looking forward to Saturday. We still have big mountains to climb before then.”