Patrick Bevin’s first taste of World Tour racing in 2018 with his new team at BMC Racing will be at the Santos Tour Down Under. BMC Racing have traditionally been one of the strongest outfits at the race and will doubtless be intent on building on their already mighty impressive history at the race.
The first race of the UCI World Tour 2018 will be the Santos Tour Down Under, being hosted in Adelaide and the surrounding area from 16th-21st January. Since 2014 the BMC Racing outfit has not failed to have a rider on the GC podium. In 2014 Cadel Evans won stage 3 and finished 2nd overall to Simon Gerrans. 2015 was the turn of Rohan Dennis and Cadel Evans to launch a dual assault on the general classification, with Rohan Dennis taking out the overall crown and stage 3, while Evans placed third overall in what was his penultimate race before retirement. 2016 was the turn of newly signed Richie Porte, already a stage winner in the race with Team Sky, to take centre stage with second overall and the win on Old Willunga Hill. Another Willunga Hill win and victory in stage 2 would take Porte to the overall win last year.
In the 2016 edition of the race, Patrick Bevin placed 10th overall with Cannondale-Drapac, finishing 6th on the road to Stirling as well as 10th up Old Willunga Hill. This year he is part of what is truly an all-star outfit that boasts not only Rohan Dennis and Richie Porte, but also newly signed four-time winner and five-time stage winner Simon Gerrans. Gerrans will be joining BMC Racing after spending the last five years with Orica-SCOTT (formerly Orica-GreenEDGE).
The season for Patrick Bevin literally exploded into life in June where very late on he was selected as part of the Cannondale-Drapac Tour de France squad. That dream selection was nearly dashed to pieces on the very first day however, with a crash on stage 1. But testament to the grit and tenacity that have been a hallmark of Bevin’s riding over the years that not only is his name forever etched on the list of finishers despite his broken foot which plagued him from the stage 1 crash.
When Patrick Bevin signed for BMC Racing he said, “I wanted to ride for BMC Racing Team as they are one of the premier teams in the world. The team’s approach is extremely professional and the attention to detail is already prevalent in all the interactions I have had. I believe I will thrive under this approach and develop as a rider in the coming season.”
We look forward to seeing that development start to take shape in Adelaide next month!
Also joining the BMC Racing Team for the 2018 Santos Tour Down Under will be Miles Scotson and Swiss duo of Danilo Wyss and Tom Bohli.