Injury has forced Patrick Bevin out of the Vuelta a Espana. After crashes in the first week of racing, and in stage 10 before the rest day, Bevin made the decision to call it a day part way through stage 11 of the race, joining teammate Simon Clarke in withdrawing.
Bevin one of a number of crash victims
It’s been a bit of a baptism by fire for Patrick Bevin. 25 years of age, in his first World Tour season, and straight away he’s had his first exposure to Grand Tour racing. Sadly though he will not be riding into Madrid with his team or compatriots Sam Bewley and George Bennett. Injury has once again struck for the Te Awamutu Kiwi.
Crashes have played havoc with a number of riders in this year’s Vuelta, with Alberto Contador and Nairo Quintana among the highest profile riders to go down. Chris Froome has famously dodged a couple of nasty crashes, but for Bevin once again crashes have proven unavoidable for him.
World Championship a possible goal?
Cannondale-Drapac confirmed earlier in stage 11 that Bevin had opted to withdraw from the race following crashes sustained in the first week of racing and in stage 10. While others who had crashed were able to carry on, with Quintana crashing too in stage 10 and going on to win the stage; Bevin wasn’t so lucky. Injuries sustained to his hand meant that gripping the handlebars became substantially more difficult.
With ten more days of racing remaining Bevin made the tough decision to stop. This could be in part because of his desire to race the World Championships and recover in time for Doha. We will keep you updated as we hear more, but we wish Patrick a speedy recovery from injury and look forward to seeing the Cannondale-Drapac rider back to full fitness.