Patrick Bevin’s 11th place in the opening stage of the 2018 Santos Tour Down Under was a solid start in unfavourable conditions for the new signing to BMC Racing. After the stage Bevin reflected on the opening day Down Under this year that saw Andre Greipel secure his 17th stage win.
All in all Patrick can afford to be happy about the way the day went. The sprint was not one that suited him as such, and given the circumstances the fact that he and the team got through completely unscathed and just outside the top ten for the Kiwi is a definite positive.
“It wasn’t really my type of sprint it was more of a pick a spot and go type of sprint but it was a pretty good result,” said Patrick in the BMC Racing team post-race report.
The day was dominated by a breakaway of three riders, and BMC Racing were able to take their place in the peloton and conserve their energies for assault on the race later on with the likes of Rohan Dennis, Simon Gerrans and of course defending champion Richie Porte in the line up.
Bevin succeeding in getting a strong result in the opening stage served a slightly less clear purpose. “It’s tactical to have a guy up there on day one and have a better car position,” Bevin revealed. “When you need someone to do it you just get your elbows out and get amongst it. It’s nice to get the ball rolling for 2018 and we live to fight another day.”