Patrick Bevin of Cannondale-Drapac has had a memorable Tour for mixed reasons.  In his first Tour de France he has been on the deck and injured in stage 1 and battling to recover, but Bevin has remained positive despite the setback.  We had a quick chat with him about his journey so far.

RC:  First of all condition-wise following the crash in Düsseldorf, how are you?  Is there anything still lingering from that collision?

Patrick: Condition wise I am up and down, it has taken my body a while to recover from the crash and there are a couple of things holding me back from feeling great on the bike, not to mention the 1500km first block of the Tour de France.  I am dong my best to manage each stage doing what I can for the team.  My hope is that with the rest day and 2 x flat stages I will come back into the race as we reach the crunch that follows! 

Rigoberto Uran celebrates his first ever Tour de France stage win. The GC prospects will become a big focus for the team heading forward, photo Sirotti

RC:  What have been your impressions of the Tour de France so far?

Patrick:  The tour has been amazing and despite handicapping myself with a crash on day 1 it’s been one of the most enjoyable experiences of my sporting career.  It truly is a big show and I will always have a soft spot for this circus no matter how it goes in the end.  This is one special sporting event. 

RC:  Cannondale-Drapac have really animated the race so far right from the start with Taylor Phinney getting the KOM jersey all the way to Dylan van Baarle; and Rigoberto Uran winning stage 9.  What’s the feeling in the team of how your race has been collectively?

Patrick:  The team has has a great first half; to win stage 9 with Rigo was a seriously cool moment to be part of.  Given the day was so hard (and spread out by the time groups got to the finish) the first I learnt of the win was the hoards of Columbian fans in full chant outside the bus! 

RC:  Heading into the second section of the race what will you be looking to achieve?

Patrick: I want to keep recovering and hopefully come back into the race as we progress through the second week. The better Rigo goes, the more the GC dynamic becomes important and obviously that will become a big priority. 

 

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