• Bevin after ITT: “Early season top-effort”

  • Matthias Brändle congratulates teammate Bevin: ‘Chapeau’

Patrick Bevin showed his class in the individual time trial in Paris-Nice. The former Kiwi ITT-champion scheduled his effort very well and nearly powered to a podium spot on the tiny final climb.

“Wow,” Brändle said after finishing his ITT and meeting his teammate’s time, “chapeau for his ride.”

Bevin himself was also happy with his performance. “It was a top-effort early in the season. Obviously, I wanted more, but it was nice to get the first ITT of the year done with a top-10.”

Bevin’s time at the intermediate point was average, but in the second part of the time trial he gained a lot of time on his competitors. For a long time ISN’s 2021 new addition was virtually on the podium.

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But a few punchy time trial specialists still had to start. Many of them did not get to Bevin’s time, though some of them did, resulting in a tenth place in the stage.

Brändle, in the end, settled for 26th. “Personally, I did not have my best day, but I gave it my all.”

Bevin: “I am looking forward to more time trials as the season progresses.”

Photos: Noa Arnon & Bettini Photos

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