Patrick Bevin has downplayed the severity of his stage 1 crash, saying that the footage may have made it look worse than it actually was.  Bevin was cleared to start stage two of the Tour de France after passing not only the concussion test post-stage in stage 1, but also the check up in the morning before the start of day 2.  His only ongoing injury being a knock to the ankle.

Yesterday saw the slippery rain-soaked roads of Düsseldorf, Germany claim several victims on the road.  Patrick Bevin came down in what was considered one of the ugliest crashes of the day which saw the Kiwi former national time trial champion slide along the road and then spin around following a collision with the race barriers.

He was checked carefully by the medical team of Cannondale-Drapac to see if he would be fit enough to continue on in stage 2 of the race; alongside Kiwi compatriots George Bennett of LottoNL-Jumbo, Jack Bauer of Quick-Step Floors and Dion Smith of Wanty-Groupe Gobert.  Thankfully Bevin was able to get the tick of approval to start stage 2.

In a pre-stage interview before the start of the race Bevin gave his latest update on his condition, saying, “A little bit sore, just a bit of a knock to the ankle is the only ongoing problem.  I think the footage may have made it look a little more spectacular than it was, I think I was quite lucky the way it played out.  I slid a long way and I spun and hit the barriers so not how you want to start your first Tour de France.  But we’re here to fight another day.”

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