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by Shane Stokes
April 6, 2018
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Patrick Bevin pictured after stage 2 of Tirreno-Adriatico 2018.
Patrick Bevin had a last moment disappointment in the Itzulia Basque Country on Thursday, taking the lead early on and then sitting in the hot seat until the rider in second overall, Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), went nine seconds faster.
It was a blow for the former New Zealand TT champion, who had felt he could do something good in the time trial. “I felt good out on the course today,” he said. “I’ve had a rough couple of days in the Basque Country but I was looking forward to this time trial. I had a pretty good rhythm and it is often hard to know how you are going to go on a time trial especially when you start early and there aren’t too many splits.
“I am pretty happy with my ride. It was fairly evenly paced. The course was a little bit technical to start with and then it had two long open stretches so that gave me the chance to hold some good average speed.”
Going so close to the victory does sting, he said. “Of course, it’s tough when you have to sit in the hot seat all day and then get beaten by the second to last guy. He [Roglic] was obviously quicker today but in the end, it was a nice result and I showed that I am going in the right direction. This is my third time trial of the year and I think I have been better at each one. So it would be nice to get that win at some stage.”