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Geniez takes Tre Valli Varesine, Bennett wins in Munsterland: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

October 4, 2017

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Bevin moves from Cannondale-Drapac to BMC Racing Team

by Shane Stokes

Patrick Bevin has signed a contract with the BMC Racing Team, an agreement which will make him the first member from New Zealand in the squad’s history. The 26-year-old has been part of Cannondale-Drapac for the past two seasons, winning his national time trial championship in 2016 and this year placing second on a stage of the Tour de Suisse.

“I wanted to ride for BMC Racing Team as they are one of the premier teams in the world,” he said on Tuesday. “The team’s approach is extremely professional and the attention to detail is already prevalent in all the interactions I have had. I believe I will thrive under this approach and develop as a rider in the coming season.”

BMC Racing Team General Manager Jim Ochowicz said the team was excited to bring Bevin on board. “Patrick is a talented rider who has shown great potential in his two years at the UCI WorldTour level, and we believe we can help him to develop further at BMC Racing Team. Patrick will be a great asset when it comes to individual and team time trials and given the emphasis we place on the discipline, Patrick is a great addition to the team.

“Patrick showed great form at the Tour de Suisse this year, narrowly missing out on a stage win, so we know he has the ability to do well at stage races at the highest level. He has experience at a lot of different races so when riders like Richie Porte and Greg Van Avermaet need support, Patrick will be there. A rider with Patrick’s versatility is exactly what we were looking for and we are confident he will fit in well with the team’s objectives for 2018.”

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