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by Shane Stokes

January 3, 2018

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Bevin out of New Zealand nationals due to crash

by Shane Stokes

Patrick Bevin in his new BMC Racing Team kit. Photo by Chris Auld Photography.

New BMC Racing Team signing Patrick Bevin has had a less than ideal start to his time with the squad, hitting the deck on December 30 and consequently scratching from this week’s national road championships in New Zealand.

“I hit a melted piece of tar on the road which sent me flying over my handlebars without any warning, and I landed on my right elbow,” he said. “I’m not feeling too bad but I’m a bit gutted about it because you never want to crash in training.

“I was going fairly quickly so I’m a bit banged up but I’m pretty lucky considering it was a big, wide, and fast piece of road.”

The BMC Racing Team’s Chief Medical Officer Max Testa explained what happened after the fall. “[He] was taken to hospital for examination which revealed a deep contusion on his right elbow and some road rash. Luckily, he did not suffer a concussion and the injuries were quite isolated. Although a skin graft was initially considered, the elbow only required stitches.

“Patrick will need to stay off the bike for five to seven days before resuming his normal training load. Unfortunately, this rules him out of the New Zealand National Time Trial and Road Race Championships but at this stage, he should be fine to race at the Santos Tour Down Under the week after. We will continue to monitor his recovery in the next week but we expect Patrick to recover quickly.”

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