For the New Zealand National Champion, it was the third top-five result in a WorldTour race in the silver fern skinsuit and another confirmation that a WorldTour time trial victory is within his reach.
The 36.2-kilometer time trial ventured to the other side of the Pyrenees in France, with the start in Jurançon and the finish in Pau, and featured a very technical and undulating profile.
On paper, the course didn’t suit pure time trialists but, Bevin showed off his strong form and time trialing prowess by pacing himself well over the first part of the course to leave energy for the final stretch, clocking top five results at both intermediate checkpoints and finishing in 47:30, two seconds faster than the previous leader, Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck – Quick Step).
With half the peloton still to finish, the New Zealand National Champion waited in the hot seat for the arrival of the GC contenders, who were the riders most likely to pose a threat to his time.
Bevin’s time held strong and remained at the top of the leaderboard until the second-to-last rider, Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma), the new race leader, crossed the line to finish 25 seconds ahead of Bevin as the only rider capable of going faster.
Bevin’s performance was not the only strong ride by a CCC Team rider with Will Barta recording a top 20 result, taking 17th place, 2’12” behind the stage winner.
Quotes from the Finish Line:
“It’s disappointing but Primoz has been the form TT rider all year so, to win here you had to be really good because he’s been the benchmark all season. Second is second. I’ve been here before and sat in a few hot seats and had him come over the top, that’s bike racing. I’ll be chipping away and I will get one eventually. It’s been a rough season for me and I’ve turned it around in the back end with an eye on the Worlds so, to have strong legs ten days into the Vuelta is good but, obviously you always want a little bit more. We will keep working, go back to the drawing board and keep pushing.”
“It was a super hard course. I knew, having ridden it, that it was a tough one to read and that it could go towards the climbers but, Primoz is not a pure climber, he’s been the best all year in time trials. I’m pretty disappointed with second really, as I came here with this one stage marked but, for me, getting this stage out of the way opens up the second part of the race. I’ve been trying to build my form and get my racing legs back over this first part and now we will look towards the rest of the race and target some more stages.”
“You had to have power all day. It was quite hard to start off like that though with the 2.5 kilometer climb so, it was about making sure you had a bit of reserve left and overall, it was about delivering a performance of over 47 minutes. There was no hiding and nowhere to recover.”
Stage 10: Jurançon > Pau (36.2km)
Top 3: 1. Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) 2. Patrick Bevin (CCC Team) 3. Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck – Quick Step)
CCC Team Top 3: 2. Patrick Bevin 17. Will Barta 43. Paweł Bernas