Patrick Bevin’s Tour de France has come to an end and he made it from first day to last even through the pain of riding on a broken foot. Not only that but Bevin was part of a Cannondale-Drapac team who were arguably one of the surprise packages of the Tour with Rigoberto Uran taking second overall. We got to speak with the Waikato Grande Boucle debutant post-Tour.
There were plenty of things to ask the first-time-Tour-rider on completion of the race as he enjoyed a much needed break in Girona. After three weeks of riding with an injury we obviously wanted to know how the foot was and whether there’d been any damage done? We also wanted to know all about that GC campaign that unfolded progressively.
Going into the Tour de France I don’t think many punters were looking at Rigoberto Uran as a top five candidate. Froome, Porte, Quintana, Martin, Contador most definitely; but not Uran. We all eat humble pie on that one! We know that he’d taken two second place finishes in the Giro d’Italia, but his last podium there was in 2014, and in the Tour de France his highest position was 23rd back in 2011. My how times changed in 21 fateful stages for ‘Rigo’ and for Cannondale-Drapac.
Patrick’s work ethic, as we already know, is immense. His commitment to pushing through the pain is part of the reason we love him. His determination to see it through to Paris absolutely sets him apart in our – maybe a little biased – eyes as one of the stories of the Tour. Patrick will be one of the unsung heroes in a campaign that took the cycling world by surprise. So we thought it’d be a good idea to sing about it for a while.