Patrick Bevin has signed for BMC Racing for the 2018 season. The current Cannondale-Drapac rider was confirmed with the team and will join them on a 1-year contract; teaming up with the likes of Greg van Avermaet, Richie Porte and Tejay van Garderen.
Speculation has been at large for much of the last few weeks about where New Zealanders Patrick Bevin and Tom Scully would race in 2018, after Cannondale-Drapac battled their way to find a new sponsor for the team to retain their World Tour status. Jim Ochowicz, BMC Racing’s Team General Manager made the announcement though that 26 year old Bevin would be BMC bound for next season.
“We are very excited to welcome Patrick Bevin to BMC Racing Team next season. Patrick is a talented rider who has shown great potential in his two years at the UCI WorldTour level, and we believe we can help him to develop further at BMC Racing Team. Patrick will be a great asset when it comes to individual and team time trial and given the emphasis we place on the discipline, Patrick is a great addition to the team,” Ochowicz said.
Patrick’s time trialling ability, which Ochowicz sighted as one of the principle points that attracted the team to the Kiwi, will come into focus at the 2018 New Zealand National road championships in Napier, where Bevin will have the opportunity to take a second national title; adding to the one he won in 2016. “I am already starting to work on developing my time trialling and look forward to starting the season with the New Zealand National Championships and a return to racing in Australia,” Bevin 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.”