Exclusive — Patrick Bevin’s UAE Tour Diary: Stage 1

The reigning New Zealand time trial champion piloted CCC Pro Team to a respectable sixth place finish on the opening stage TTT at the inaugural UAE Tour. Now Stage 2 awaits …

Stage 1, UAE Tour done!
It sounds like we finished about sixth on the stage (in a time of 17 minutes 13 seconds, +0:24), which is actually a pretty good result. That’s the very first team time trial as this squad. It was not pretty. I don’t think anyone who is going to see the coverage of our ride is going to turn around and say that was pretty. So it was nice to hold it together.
A few little mistakes there crossed us a bit, but sounds like Jumbo-Visma (16:49) have taken it out comfortably. They deserve that. It’s a hard course and it’s a hard one to get right. At the end of the day, as a team we’ll take that. Something to build off of, and with the squad here and the guys here that’s not a bad result.
We turn our attention to tomorrow (184km). A big open desert sprint. Hopefully, not too stressful. Jakub Mareczko is pretty good at finding his way through those finishes so we will try to set him up the best we can for the big sprint tomorrow.
Stage 1 (TTT), Top 5 results:
1. Team Jumbo-Visma, 16:49
2. Team Sunweb, 16:56
3. Bahrain-Merida, 16:58
4. Team Sky, 17:03
5. Movistar Team, 17:07
General classification, Top 5 results:
  1. Primož Roglič (SLO), Jumbo-Visma, 16:49
2.   Laurens de Plus (GER), Jumbo-Visma, s.t.
3.   Jos van Emden (NED), Jumbo-Visma, s.t.
4.   Koen Bouwman (NED), Jumbo-Visma, s.t.
5.   Max Walscheid (GER), Team Sunweb, +0:07
For previous diary entry, click here.
About Patrick Bevin:
The Taupo native is entering his fifth season as a WorldTour rider, his first with the Polish-registered CCC Pro Team, which merged his BMC Racing team with CCC-Sprandi-Polkowice. Bevin is a reigning two-time national time trial champion, 2019 Tour Down Under stage winner and points champion, as well as previous stage winner at Tour de Korea, Tour de Taiwan and the Herald Sun Tour.


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