Bevin Continues Run of Top Ten Finishes at OVO Energy Tour of Britain8. September 2018, Mansfield (GBR) — Road Team
Patrick Bevin showed his consistency at the OVO Energy Tour of Britain by sprinting to sixth place on stage seven, his sixth consecutive top ten result, which sees Bevin retain the points jersey and remain in fourth overall ahead of the final stage.
At 215.6km in length, stage seven was the longest of the eight-day race and the fight was on to make the breakaway at soon as the flag dropped at kilometer 0.
Despite multiple attacks in the opening kilometers and a large 22-rider breakaway that tried to go clear, the peloton neutralized all attacks before the first climb of the day, the category four Keyworth climb.
The peloton was strung out on the climb and over the top another large group tried their luck, from which four riders were eventually able to go clear to form the day’s breakaway.
After the fast start, the peloton sat up and allowed the breakaway to quickly establish a five-minute advantage as they tackled the final two climbs before the road flattened out.
With more than 100 kilometers remaining, the breakaway’s advantage reached a maximum seven minutes at which point heavy rain started to fall, but with a lot of kilometers still to race, the race situation remained the same with the breakaway holding a 6’30” advantage until the final 70 kilometers when the sprinters’ teams started to pick up the pace.
Although the peloton reduced the breakaway’s advantage to four minutes with 40km to go, the four leading riders managed to hold their advantage and with 25 kilometers left on the stage, they were still four minutes ahead.
The sprinters’ teams were chasing hard behind but eventually eased off while up ahead, Ian Standard (Team Sky) and Nils Politt (Team Katusha-Alpecin) attacked to drop the two other breakaway riders.
The leading duo extended their advantage back out to 4’30” with 20 kilometers to go, before Standard attacked again five kilometers later to distance Politt.
Standard time trailed to the stage win and just over four minutes later, the peloton made their way towards the finish line with Jürgen Roelandts putting Bevin in a good position to sprint from the bunch and claim sixth place.
Bevin remains in fourth place on the General Classification, 46 seconds behind race leader Julian Alaphilippe, ahead of the final 77 kilometer circuit stage in London.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“It was a long, damp British day so I guess we had to have one this week! It was more about collecting points in the classification at the stage finish. If my math is correct that seals the points jersey as long as I get round the circuit tomorrow. It has been a consistent week for me. After leaving the Tour de France with sickness it was very hard to turn things back around. It has been extremely satisfying to really come back strong for the end of season. I don’t think tomorrow will throw up much in the way of a General Classification opportunity so l’ll ook towards another sprint finish.”
OVO Energy Tour of Britain
Stage 7 West Bradford > Mansfield (215.6km) Top 3: 1. Ian Standard (Team Sky), Nils Politt (Team Katusha Alpecin), 3. Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani-CSF)
BMC Racing Team top 3: 6. Patrick Bevin, 29. Jürgen Roelandts, 59. Jempy Drucker