Although short, the 9.5 kilometer race against the clock was a pure test of power and Bevin, who was just the sixth rider to set off, settled into a good rhythm in the first part of the course before crossing the line in 10:58, which was 28 seconds faster than the riders before him.
With almost all of the peloton still to roll out, Bevin held the race lead briefly before being beaten by Maciej Bodnar (Bora-hansgrohe) who stopped the clock in 10:50.
With rain forecast for the late afternoon, most of the pre-race favorites tackled the course in the first wave and Dennis came home to beat Bodnar by less than one second.
The final top ten was established early and with rain falling in the last hour of the race, the results stood until the end of the day when Bevin’s eighth place was confirmed.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“It’s tough to come in with a 10-kilometer time trial after a break in racing. I had hoped for a bit more. I liked the course and thought it was a good one for me but I didn’t quite have the legs today. It was a good way to rip the bandaid off and get back to racing but we have some tough days ahead. It was all about the legs today. There were four corners in 10 kilometers and three of them were together, so it was about form and speed, about being aero and producing the power over the whole effort. It really punished you if you didn’t have anything left at the end with the last two kilometers drifting uphill. Whoever wins will thoroughly deserve it because it’s a good, honest course.”
“The final time trial is a big one for me. That parcours should suit me a little better as it’s longer and I tend to go better in the longer time trials, and at the end of the week with a few race days under my belt. So, that’s definitely a big goal and we’ll see how the next few days play out. There are some really hard stages this week.”
Tour de Suisse
Stage 1 ITT: Langnau im Emmental > Langnau im Emmental (9.5km)
Top 3: 1. Rohan Dennis (Team Bahrain Merida), 2. Maciej Bodnar (Bora-hansgrohe), 3. Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)
CCC Team top 3: 8. Patrick Bevin, 23. Łukasz Wiśniowski, 53. Greg Van Avermaet