Tour of Turkey Stage 3: Bevin Secures Fourth in Bunch Sprint11. October 2018, Marmaris (TUR) — Road Team
Patrick Bevin continued the run of top ten finishes for BMC Racing Team at the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, sprinting to fourth place on stage 3 in another bunch sprint finish.
Seven riders broke clear in the opening ten kilometers and quickly gained a two-minute advantage while behind, BMC Racing Team’s riders remained in the bunch.
As the breakaway tackled the category two climb they stretched their advantage out to almost three minutes but with another sprint finish on the cards, the sprinters’ teams didn’t allow the gap to go out any further.
Inside the final 50 kilometers, the breakaway was 1’30” behind the breakaway before the advantage dropped below one minute with 30 kilometers remaining as the pace picked up behind on the uncategorized climbs.
Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Team Katusha Alpecin), Fernando Barcelo (Euskatel), and Aldermar Reyes Ortega (Manzana Postobom) were the final breakaway riders in front but the peloton began to close in as they approached 20 kilometers to go.
The trio were eventually pulled back before the final uncategorized climb, at which point attacks, including one from Nicolas Roche, caused splits in the bunch as the road began to rise.
Roche was joined by Brent Bookwalter and Bevin towards the front of the group and despite a blistering pace set at the front of the race to prevent some of the sprinters from coming back, the stage was set for another bunch sprint in Marmaris.
With three kilometers to go, Bevin was positioned well in the first 15 places and was soon joined by Jempy Drucker as they navigated the fast run into the finish.
Under the flamme rouge, Bevin was in an excellent position and was able to hold on for fourth place behind stage winner Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe).
Quotes from the Finish Line
“It was a surprise result for me. We were aiming to set Jempy up for the sprint but he had a mechanical with 1.5km to go on the rough road. From there, it was just finding my way to the front. I was in the wind far too long for a chance at a real sprint but with others having tired legs after the climb, it meant I held on for 4th. The coming stages are a bit of a mixed bag and the finishing climb tomorrow looks very tough so we will see.”
Klaas Lodewyck, Sports Director:
“Today was similar to yesterday in that a breakaway went away very quickly, today with seven riders. The closest guy on the GC was at 13 seconds so Bora-hasgrohe started to control. The guys were able to follow the moves on the climb with 10 kilometers to go, three kilometers at five percent, so Jempy was able to save his legs on the climb. Jempy was in a good position but he had a little mechanical problem at the end, so luckily Paddy was still there and he could sprint to fourth. It was a good result for the team and tomorrow is a GC day so hopefully we will have a good result.”
Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey
Stage 3 Fethiye > Marmaris (137.2km)
Top 3: 1. Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe), 2. Max Richeze (Quick-Step Floors), 3. John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo).
BMC Racing Team top 3: 4. Patrick Bevin, 34. Jempy Drucker, 40. Tom Bohli