Exclusive — Patrick Bevin’s UAE Tour Diary: Stage 4

Despite finishing in the lead group just five seconds off the winner, it was ‘not the best day' for New Zealand’s Patrick Bevin, while Australian sprint rival Caleb Ewan was first to top Hatta Dam and claim the stage win

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Stage 4, not the best day. 
 
It was a stage I wanted to target. Just didn’t get the finish right. 
 
Obviously, I haven’t ridden this one before, but we saw the video and saw the map. We got together pretty early. We were there 8k out and staying out of trouble — avoided the big crash (with 6.8km to go).
 
As it got messy in the run to the line, I was too relaxed. I thought I’d have a chance to move up — to use my legs to move up — and all of the sudden it’s the last corner and I’m 20th or 30th wheel. 
 
That’s the day over.
 
Disappointing, but the positive is that we keep Victor in the top 10 on [general classification] and obviosuly that becomes a priority through to the big clime on the second to last stage. But we go back to sprint mode tomorrow, so we’ll see how it goes.
 
Stage 4, Top 5 results:
1. Caleb Ewan (AUS), Lotto Soudal, 4:27:07
2. Matteo Moschetti (ITA), Trek-Segafredo, +0:02
3. Primož Roglič (SLO), Jumbo-Visma, s.t.
4. Kristoffer Halvorsen (FRA), AG2R La Mondiale, +0:05
5. Luka Mezgec (SLO), Mitchelton-Scott, s.t.
 
General classification, Top 5 results:
1.   Primož Roglič (SLO), Jumbo-Visma, 14:05:10
2.   Alejandro Valverde (ESP), Movistar Team, +0:21
3.   David Gaudu (FRA), Groupama-FDJ, +0:38
4.   Emanuel Buchmann (GER), Bora-Hansgrohe, +0:46
5    Wilco Kelderman (NED), Team Sunweb, +0:54
 
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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