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Tour de Romandie – Stage Five: Bevin Just Misses Out on the Podium in the Final Time Trial

The last stage was 16.8 kilometers long and featured some tough climbing at the beginning of the parcours. The second part of the course was mostly flat or downhill and with a strong tailwind on the way back to the finish playing a factor on that day, it was set to be a very fast race against the clock.

Barta was the team’s first starter and he posted a very good time of 20’41”, beating some time trial specialists and for the large part of the stage was sitting in fourth place on the provisional leaderboard. Francisco Ventoso, who returned to racing at the Tour de Romandie after an injury, was next to roll down the start ramp and showcased solid form clocking at time of 21’06”.

Bevin was very close to claiming a podium spot on the last day of racing and at the time of crossing the line, he was just three seconds slower than the current leader, Victor Campenaerts (Lotto-Soudal). At the end of the day, the New Zealander finished the stage in fourth place, 16 seconds behind the stage and overall winner, Primož Roglič (Team Jumbo-Visma). The American duo of Barta and Rosskopf also finished in the top 15 places, finishing eighth and 14th respectively.

Quotes from the Finish Line
Patrick Bevin

“I liked the parcours, I felt good, the power was good but, it wasn’t good enough to step onto the podium today. Fourth place is a solid result considering the field we had here, with some of the great time trialists, such as Campanaerts, Roglič, or Ganna, the individual pursuit world champion. Obviously, we race each day to win so, I will keep looking for any advantages in the time trial and I look forward to coming back to Switzerland for the Tour de Suisse.”

“The course suited me, as it was tailored to pure time trialists and the results reflected that. There were a couple of rolling hills, a few corners, and an open section, so a little bit of everything. Compared to the prologue it was a very nice, open, fast course. It was my first real time trial of the year, as the previous races against the clock were not really about the time trialing form and this one definitely was.”

“The wind was a factor today, making the ride very fast. Coming home, in the last six kilometers, we averaged 60 km/h. It was fast so we could really test our great equipment, without which you don’t come close in a race like this. It was nice to see how well our Giant frame and wheels work in the race.”

Will Barta

“I was happy to have good legs today after what was a hard week of racing for me and it was nice to finish the race off with a good time trial. The difference was made on the little climbs in the first part of the course and then I was hanging on until the end. I wouldn’t say I felt amazing, since I was pretty tired coming into that time trial but, as it got going I realized I was on a good day and gave it what I had. At this point, the top ten is something I’m satisfied with and that was a good end to the week. In the past, I’ve been quite focused on the time trial and this year I wanted to get better overall, not only in one specialization. It’s always a nice feeling when a TT goes well.”

Race profile
Stage Five (ITT):Genewa – Genewa, 16.8km
Top 3:1. Primož Roglič (Team Jumbo-Visma) 2. Victor Campenaerts (Lotto-Soudal). 3. Filippo Ganna (Team INEOS)
CCC Team Top 3: 4. Patrick Bevin 8. Will Barta 14. Joey Rosskopf 

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