Here we are at the UAE Tour, which is my third race of the year. Started with a win at nationals, which is a nice way to kick off the season with a new team, and rolled that right into the Tour Down Under, which went really well for five out of six days.
It was great to be able to race and race at the front. Obviously win a stage and be second again, but pretty disappointed to put it into the road into that fifth stage. Bounced back OK.
The injuries? There’s nothing super serious, but when you hit the road quite hard it took a couple of weeks for the bruising kind of came out and could be back fully training. Then we turn around and we’re here, we’re here at the UAE Tour, the WorldTour combination of what was Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
It’s a cool experience. It’s great to come here and race. I think the race this year is really a step up. They’ve taken the best bits out of those two races, and we’ve come here with a really, really strong WorldTour field with a great mixture of stages and hopefully some opportunity during the week to put some results back on the board.
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.