New Zealand cyclist Patrick Bevin wins a World Tour stage at the Tour of Romandie
New Zealand rider Patrick Bevin claimed his second World Tour stage win, continuing his rich vein of form.
Bevin triumphed overnight (New Zealand time) in the final stage of the Tour de Romandie – a fortnight after winning the general classification of the lower-rated Tour of Turkey. Bevin’s other World Tour stage win came three years ago.
The 31-year-old sprinted to victory for his Israel Premier-Tech team on a standout day for Kiwi runners, with Dion Smith finishing fourth and Finn Fisher-Black seventh.
“All week I watched [this stage]I knew the final was up and down and I had the legs to be there, and then I had a plan, I wanted to be second or third wheel to the last corner and have a race and not look back,” said Bevin said.
“It just couldn’t have gone better. It’s not often you have a plan in your head and can execute it like this. It really worked perfectly. It’s amazing – what a day. “
Bevin is now second overall, 14 seconds behind Australian leader Rohan Dennis, but is unlikely to fight for another Tour win with a test climb coming up on Saturday evening (New Zealand time). .