Patrick Bevin, Dion Smith and Jack Bauer all finished in the peloton at the end of the 2017 Tour de France.  The trio all provided something special in this year’s Tour de France, but Patrick Bevin’s contribution to the Tour de France came in spite of an injury that plagued him from stage 1.  Patrick Bevin rode the Tour de France on a broken foot.

We received the news from Patrick Bevin after he’d completed the individual time trial in stage 20.  Bevin crossed the line in Marseille in 120th place, and then got in touch with RoadCycling.  After the first rest day of the Tour de France Patrick got in touch with us, saying that it was taking his body a while to recover from the crash he’d suffered in the first stage of the Tour, the opening time trial in Düsseldorf, Germany.  Back then Bevin told us only that he was ‘having some ongoing issues after [his] TT crash which are making life quite difficult.’

Before the final stage in Paris, however, Patrick contacted RoadCycling to reveal more.  “Now I can see Paris here is why I was a bit cryptic with my first rest day reply,” Patrick told us.  “I broke my foot in the TT crash, I have known a while but just wanted to get on with the job and make to Paris and not have it hanging over [me] more than it was!”

Credit to Patrick that he rode the entire Tour through the pain, and was able to play a significant role in supporting teammate Rigoberto Uran to second place overall and a stage win.  

Jack Bauer and Dion Smith, also, can be proud not only of having made it to Paris, but also of the contributions that they have made to the race.  Bauer’s reputation as one of the Tour’s super domestiques has come to the fore in the way that Bauer has at times dragged the peloton by the scruff of the neck in the final kilometres towards the finish line.  Bauer has been a crucial part of Marcel Kittel’s five Tour de France stage wins.

Dion Smith and his Wanty-Groupe Gobert will enjoy the distinction of being one of the only teams to have completed the Tour de France with a full compliment of riders.  Not only that but the entire team were made up of debutants to the Tour.  Furthermore Wanty-Groupe Gobert weren’t content to just complete the Tour de France, they went about animating the race from start to finish and Dion Smith was a big part of that; all the way up to the final day.  Dion got into the breakaway on the final day of racing and raced up and down the Champs-Elysees in the company of a small group of leaders; with Smith only being caught with 12.4km to go.

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