Bevin makes the top 10

Waipa Post - - The Country -

Te Awa­mutu Sports cy­clist Pa­trick Bevin has earned an out­stand­ing top-10 fin­ish in the in­di­vid­ual time trial at the UCI Road World Cham­pi­onships in Inns­bruck, Aus­tria.

The 27 year old was sup­ported by club-mate Hamish Bond who fin­ished in the top 25 after the 52.1km test from Rat­ten­burg to Inns­bruck in­clud­ing a 6km climb from the 30km mark.

Bevin, who has en­joyed an out­stand­ing sea­son for his BMC pro­fes­sional team, capped it with eighth plac­ing in his first world cham­pi­onship time trial, while World Tour BMC Rac­ing team­mate, Aus­tralian Ro­han Den­nis, eclipsed de­fend­ing cham­pion Tom Du­moulin to claim the jersey.

It has been a break­through sea­son for Bevin in his first year on the World Tour where he has full team sup­port to ride the time trial.

“I have got to be pleased with that per­for­mance. I had a plan and while it was not per­fect and I had to ad­just along the way. It was pretty pleas­ing on what was a very chal­leng­ing course,” said Bevin. “Right now I am the most sore I have been. The time trial cour­ses for the worlds are chang­ing to like this one, with big climbs and over 50kms which is longer. It was par­tic­u­larly tough this year and is trending to­wards longer, tougher cour­ses that find the over­all best rider.

“I learned a bit about my­self out there as it was un­char­tered ter­ri­tory but it was nice that I could stick to it.”

Bevin said he was pleased with his climb­ing ef­forts although the de­scent on the more rigid time trial ma­chine pro­vided chal­leng­ing mo­ments.

“These bikes are not de­signed for their han­dling ca­pa­bil­i­ties when you are hurtling around 100kph so you had to be on your best as we went through some small vil­lages on the way.”

Bevin said it has been a break­through year with his win in the Tour of Bri­tain, the team time trial stage win in the Tour de France and con­sis­tency with time tri­als at the Tour of Cal­i­for­nia and Basque Coun­try. Bond showed im­prove­ment from 39th last year to 25th as he makes the ad­just­ment from world cham­pion rower to cy­cling, at a time when the cour­ses for time tri­als be­come sig­nif­i­cantly more chal­leng­ing, rac­ing at al­ti­tude, with climbs, longer dis­tances and test­ing bike han­dling.

After a con­ser­va­tive start he was fourth fastest at the sec­ond time check, and in­side the top-10 when he fin­ished. Bond was 25th, 4:50 be­hind the win­ner.

He fin­ished in the top half of the field with only Den­nis, Bevin and Amer­i­can Joe Rosskoph of the non-Euro­pean rid­ers to go faster, and he was quicker than pro­fes­sion­als in­clud­ing Te­jay van Garderen and Eng­land’s Alex Dowsett.

Re­sults: Elite Men Time Trial (52.4km): Ro­han Den­nis (AUS) 1:03:02.57, 1; Tom Du­moulin (NED) 1:21.09, 2; Vic­tor Cam­p­e­naerts (BEL) 1:21.62, 3; Michal Kwiatkowski (POL) 2:04.58, 4; Nel­son Oliveira (POR) 2:14.34, 5. Van­tage New Zealand Team: Pa­trick Bevin (NZL) 2:34.78, 8; Hamish Bond (NZL) 4:50.55, 25.

Photo / Robert Jones

Pa­trick Bevin in ac­tion dur­ing the time trial at the UCI World Road Cy­cling Cham­pi­onships in Inns­bruck, Aus­tria.

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