Patrick Bevin has withdrawn from the Vuelta a Espana. After finishing second in stage 10’s individual time trial, the decision was made purely with the goal of the World Championships in mind.
CCC Team’s Bevin has become the first Kiwi to withdraw from the final grand tour of the 2019 season. It’s been a good but ever so slightly frustrating Vuelta for Patrick Bevin. His big goal for the race was the stage 10 individual time trial, where he hoped that after 7 top ten results against the clock in 2 years he might finally get his first win. Sadly for Bevin it was not to be. After a long wait in the hot seat, the penultimate rider to start – Primož Roglič of Jumbo-Visma – took the stage and with it the overall lead by 25 seconds.
Opportunities to infiltrate breakaways pre or post-stage 10 have been few and far between for Bevin, but he did manage to get into the breakaway in stage 9; and then enjoy a rest day before unleashing against the clock.
The reason for Bevin’s withdrawal from the Vuelta has nothing to do with illness or injury, and instead is motivated by a desire to have the best possible preparation for the individual time trial that features at the UCI World Road Championships in Yorkshire later this month. The elite men’s individual time trial will take place on 25th September and will take riders on a 54km journey from Northallerton to Harrogate.
Last year Bevin produced a fantastic performance to finish 8th in the World Championships TT in Bergen, Norway. This year he and Tom Scully will have an opportunity to improve that record against a very difficult Yorkshire course.
More to come . . .