Patrick Bevin rode up the final climb in stage 4 of the Tour of Turkey with his own, unique style: in time trial mode. He countered the attacks from the likes of Nairo Quintana, Jay Vine and Harm Vanhoecke at his own pace, to ultimately sprint to second place in the stage.
There was just one guy who stayed away from Bevin: Sepulveda. Bevin is also behind him in the general classification.
He started the final climb in a very good position. Just like any other stage so far in Turkey, Bevin is racing from the front, staying out of trouble and overseeing all possible dangers.
‘The gap had to be closed down anyway’
Bevin: “I tried a few times to get a gap, but they did not let me go. Sepulveda chose the right moment to go, and he was the strongest man in the race.”
The Kiwi said the best way to try and close the gap with Sepulveda was to keep on riding, even though none of the other riders shared that thought. “The gap had to be closed down anyway, and the longer you wait, the more challenging it will be.”
‘Paddy’, a little bit disappointed that his sprint from the chasing group was not enough to take home the victory, will fight for GC. “There are some more opportunities to take the 14 second that I need on him.”