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Top Five Finish for Bevin on Critérium du Dauphiné Prologue

3. June 2018, Valence (FRA) — Road Team

After a string of strong time trial performances in the lead up to the Critérium du Dauphiné, Patrick Bevin once again proved his prowess in this discipline, securing fifth on today’s prologue in Valence.

Bevin, a former New Zealand national time trial champion, started his effort early and looked motivated as he began to power around the 6.6km course, which despite being predominantly flat featured a short kick-up to the line in the closing meters.

At the intermediate checkpoint, Bevin, who is racing his first Critérium du Dauphiné, was sitting sixth fastest but, he continued to dig deep over the second half of the course and moved up into provisional third place after stopping the clock at 7’30”, just four seconds behind the benchmark set by Jos Van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo).

In the end, it was Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) who took the day’s honors with a time of 7’25” and pushed Van Emden into second ahead of Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) with Bevin eventually settling for fifth.

Brent Bookwalter also put in a solid performance during his effort and stopped the clock at 7’36” round out the top ten while Damiano Caruso finished just outside the top twenty, 15 seconds behind Kwiatkowski.

Quotes From the Finish Line:

Patrick Bevin:

“It was a true prologue course today. It was punchy and technical enough to make it a specialists course. You couldn’t just go out and push the power. There was a certain amount of pacing yourself and delivering an effort over seven minutes which is quite an art form.”

“I felt good today. I felt like I didn’t quite have the top end punches needed. It was the first prologue that I have done all year and maybe even since the Tour de France last year. It’s a completely different effort. In Pais Vasco, it was a 20km time trial and California was 35km long and to dial it back to around 7km is a completely different animal. I’m a little disappointed but I am in the mix again, and that gives me a little bit of satisfaction.”

“I’m definitely building my chips up to deliver a big win eventually. I think if you stay close and stay hungry you learn something from each time trial and I fully believe that I will deliver a win on the big stage.”

Brent Bookwalter:

“It went by pretty quick today, and that’s always the case with prologues really. It’s a short effort but it’s painful the whole time. There was a couple of short technical parts to distract me and break it up a bit which was nice.”

“This is definitely the easiest day of the whole race in terms of time but it’s still a big investment from all the riders, and staff, but it’s a good way to get the nerves out and hopefully it should serve the team well.”

Race Profile

Critérium du Dauphiné

Prologue: Valence > Valence, 6.6km

Top 3: 1. Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) 2. Jos Van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo) 3. Gianni Moscon (Team Sky)

BMC Racing Team Top 3: 5. Patrick Bevin 10. Brent Bookwalter 21 Damiano Caruso

Bevin, a former New Zealand national time trial champion, started his effort early in Valence and looked motivated as he began to power around the 6.6km course, which despite being predominantly flat featured a short kick-up to the line in the closing meters.

At the intermediate checkpoint, Bevin, who is racing his first Critérium du Dauphiné, was sitting sixth fastest but, he continued to dig deep over the second half of the course and moved up into provisional second place after stopping the clock at 7’30”, just four seconds behind the benchmark set by Jos Van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo).

In the end, it was Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) who took the day’s honors with a time of 7’25” and pushed Van Emden into second ahead of Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) and Bevin, who eventually settled for fourth.

Brent Bookwalter also put in a solid performance during his effort to round out the top ten (7’36”) while Damiano Caruso finished just outside the top twenty, 15 seconds back.

Quotes From the Finish Line:

Patrick Bevin:

“It was a true prologue course today. It was punchy and technical enough to make it a specialists course. You couldn’t just go out and push the power. There was a certain amount of pacing yourself and delivering an effort over seven minutes which is quite an art form.”

“I felt good today. I felt like I didn’t quite have the top end punches needed. It was the first prologue that I have done all year and maybe even since the Tour de France last year. It’s a completely different effort. In Pais Vasco, it was a 20km time trial and California was 35km long and to dial it back to around 7km is a completely different animal. I’m a little disappointed but I am in the mix again, and that gives me a little bit of satisfaction.”

“I’m definitely building my chips up to deliver a big win eventually. I think if you stay close and stay hungry you learn something from each time trial and I fully believe that I will deliver a win on the big stage.”

Brent Bookwalter:

“It went by pretty quick today, and that’s always the case with prologues really. It’s a short effort but it’s painful the whole time. There was a couple of short technical parts to distract me and break it up a bit which was nice.”

“This is definitely the easiest day of the whole race in terms of time but it’s still a big investment from all the riders, and staff, but it’s a good way to get the nerves out and hopefully it should serve the team well.”

Race Profile

Critérium du Dauphiné

Prologue: Valence > Valence, 6.6km

Top 3: 1. Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) 2. Jos Van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo) 3. Gianni Moscon (Team Sky)

BMC Racing Team Top 3: 5. Patrick Bevin 10. Brent Bookwalter 21 Damiano Caruso

Bevin, a former New Zealand national time trial champion, started his effort early in Valence and looked motivated as he began to power around the 6.6km course, which despite being predominantly flat featured a short kick-up to the line in the closing meters.

At the intermediate checkpoint, Bevin, who is racing his first Critérium du Dauphiné, was sitting sixth fastest but, he continued to dig deep over the second half of the course and moved up into provisional second place after stopping the clock at 7’30”, just four seconds behind the benchmark set by Jos Van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo).

In the end, it was Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) who took the day’s honors with a time of 7’25” and pushed Van Emden into second ahead of Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) and Bevin, who eventually settled for fourth.

Brent Bookwalter also put in a solid performance during his effort to round out the top ten (7’36”) while Damiano Caruso finished just outside the top twenty, 15 seconds back.

Quotes From the Finish Line:

Patrick Bevin:

“It was a true prologue course today. It was punchy and technical enough to make it a specialists course. You couldn’t just go out and push the power. There was a certain amount of pacing yourself and delivering an effort over seven minutes which is quite an art form.”

“I felt good today. I felt like I didn’t quite have the top end punches needed. It was the first prologue that I have done all year and maybe even since the Tour de France last year. It’s a completely different effort. In Pais Vasco, it was a 20km time trial and California was 35km long and to dial it back to around 7km is a completely different animal. I’m a little disappointed but I am in the mix again, and that gives me a little bit of satisfaction.”

“I’m definitely building my chips up to deliver a big win eventually. I think if you stay close and stay hungry you learn something from each time trial and I fully believe that I will deliver a win on the big stage.”

Brent Bookwalter:

“It went by pretty quick today, and that’s always the case with prologues really. It’s a short effort but it’s painful the whole time. There was a couple of short technical parts to distract me and break it up a bit which was nice.”

“This is definitely the easiest day of the whole race in terms of time but it’s still a big investment from all the riders, and staff, but it’s a good way to get the nerves out and hopefully it should serve the team well.”

Race Profile

Critérium du Dauphiné

Prologue: Valence > Valence, 6.6km

Top 3: 1. Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) 2. Jos Van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo) 3. Gianni Moscon (Team Sky)

BMC Racing Team Top 3: 5. Patrick Bevin 10. Brent Bookwalter 21 Damiano Caruso

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