The 19.2-kilometer time trial course was for the most part flat and culminated with a fast run into the finish in Goms.
Bevin was chasing the provisional best time of 21:58 set by Yves Lampaert (Deceuninck-QuickStep) as he set off in the second half of the race and at the intermediate checkpoint was 20 seconds down on Lampaert.
A strong second half of the race saw Bevin gain time back to eventually cross the line in 22:11 for the fifth-fastest time at that point.
Despite numerous strong time trialists still to come, Bevin’s time stood the test and with the final rider, race leader Egan Bernal (Team INEOS), crossing the line, Bevin’s fifth place was confirmed.
The stage eight result marks the fourth time Bevin has secured a top ten finish this week with eighth on the stage one time trial, 10th in the stage five sprint, and sixth on the first mountain test of the race on stage six.
The Tour de Suisse will draw to a close with a tough 100-kilometer stage on Sunday featuring more than 3000 meters of climbing.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“It was a tough, deceptively hard course. It was quite exposed in the valley so the wind really funneled through and there was no hiding. You had a bit of respite in the corners but there were a couple of big open stretches where there was nothing to do but put your head down and pedal. I wanted to win it. I thought on a good day, with my power on the course, I would be close. Unfortunately, the power wasn’t quite there and I finished fifth. The pieces are getting better and getting closer, but it’s a tough discipline and you have to get it all right on a single day. I do believe that will happen but it wasn’t today.”
“It was good to have the race days in the legs at this time of the year. For me, I’ve been in the top ten on four occasions in three different situations throughout the week. It’s been good to be back racing and obviously, having a time trial after some hard days you never really know. I would say the top five will surprise a lot of people which shows that the racing has been hard and it shuffles the deck a little bit.”
Tour de Suisse
Stage 8 Goms > Goms (19.2km)
Top 3: 1. Yves Lampaert (Deceuninck-QuickStep), 2. Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-QuickStep), 3. Søren Kragh Andersen
CCC Team top 3: 5. Patrick Bevin, 42. Szymon Sajnok, 47. Greg Van Avermaet