The stage in Andorra was the shortest road stage of this year’s Vuelta a España but also one of the most demanding, with 3300 meters of vertical climbing and an uphill start to the category one Coll d’Ordino.
This is where Bevin, who is familiar with the roads as he lives in the area, decided to attack and pulled away from the breakaway with one other rider.
The duo opened up a two-minute lead over the bunch and a 40-second lead over a big chasing group of 32 riders
Bevin looked strong but eventually, with many pure climbers chasing, he was brought back on the hardest and the longest climb of the day, the Coll de la Gallina, and continued to climb at his own pace.
He was able to pace himself well, finishing the stage in 51st place and was CCC Team’s top finisher, behind the winner, Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Team Emirates).
“With the absence of Victor de la Parte and no pure climber on the roster we knew it would be very hard to battle for the top results today so, we focused on saving as much energy before the second week of the race. Patrick Bevin made a nice move on the first climb, which he knows very well since he lives nearby and showed that his form is improving day by day, which is a very good signal before the stage ten individual time trial. All the guys arrived at the finish in a good condition and we can be happy with where we are before the first rest day.”
Stage 9: Andora la Vella > Cornals d’Encamp (94.4km)
Top 3: 1. Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Team Emirates) 2. Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) 3. Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma)
CCC Team Top 3: 51. Patrick Bevin 94. Paweł Bernas 131. Jonas Koch