The race was on from kilometer zero and with the road immediately rising on the Nufenpass, attacks flew from the front whilst behind, riders were being dropped from the early slopes.
Bevin, Simon Geschke, and Michael Schär remained in the already reduced peloton while up ahead, Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) launched a solo attack and a chase group formed behind.
Cathy’s advantage grew to two minutes on the peloton on the second climb of the day, the Gotthardpass, and despite a strong pace set on the climb, Bevin was still in the mix as the General Classification group reached the summit.
With two climbs down, only the Furkapass remained, and the fact that Bevin was still there on the early slopes in the company of the pure climbers was a testament to his form.
Bevin managed to hang on until the group was down to the last 20 riders or so and eventually lost contact, but a steady rhythm saw the New Zealander continue to catch riders as he climbed.
After the summit, the stage ended with a 25-kilometer descent and run into the finish, where Carthy held on to take the win and race leader Egan Bernal (Team INEOS) secured the overall win.
Bevin crossed the line 5’25” down on Carthy, and 4’23” behind Bernal, in what was a huge day of climbing for a rider like Bevin, who showed consistently good form in different racing scenarios throughout the week.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“I tried to slip off the front at the very beginning to see if I could get away and ride my own tempo, but that’s not what happened. So, I just rode a good tempo on the first climb. I rode a fairly steady pace to stay in the group for the first two climbs and on the third climb, as soon as they started increasing the pace, I settled into my own tempo and went up the climb like that. I knew I was better off doing that rather than fighting to stay on and going into the red. I must have been maintaining a good pace though as I caught a lot of guys on the climb and I was surprised to pick up a decent group at the top.”
“It was an interesting race after the biggest gap I’ve ever had mid-season. After a full on start to the year, I hadn’t raced since Romandie so it was a bit nerve-wracking as I thought maybe I had overdone the training and underdone the racing. But after a few days, I came right. I was disappointed about yesterday but that’s the way it is. It’s not easy to do a 20-minute effort like that with some big days of racing in the legs. Overall, I’m really happy and it was an enjoyable race. I had some nice results and I enjoyed racing aggressively and getting up the road to roll the dice. Going forward, it’s exciting looking ahead to the Tour.”
Valerio Piva, Sports Director:
“We came here without a GC rider and to try and win a stage. It didn’t go like that but we still had some nice results with Paddy in the top ten on four occasions. The flat stages were all won by pure sprinters and without a climber, it was hard to do something on the big days in the mountains. This is a tough race so it’s a great way to prepare for the Tour de France and test the form.”
Tour de Suisse
Stage 9 Goms > Goms (101km)
Top 3: 1. Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling), 2. Rohan Dennis (Bahrain Merida), 3. Egan Bernal (Team INEOS)
CCC Team top 3: 22. Patrick Bevin, 31. Michael Schär, 48. Simon Geschke