Bevin Secures Points Jersey and Fourth Overall on Final Day in Britain9. September 2018, London (GBR) — Road Team
Patrick Bevin secured the points jersey and fourth overall on the final day at the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, where he sprinted to tenth place on the stage behind Jempy Drucker who was seventh on the line.
Bevin sat in fourth place overall, 46 seconds behind race leader Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors), before the circuit stage, which featured 14 laps of a fast 5.5 kilometer circuit around central London with intermediate sprints coming on laps four, eight, and 12.
Having all but secured the points jersey, starting the day with 61 points, Bevin only had to cross the line safely in London to wrap the classification up.
Despite multiple attempts to form a breakaway, the peloton remained together when they reached the first intermediate sprint on lap four, where Bevin was second on the line.
Halfway through the 77 kilometer stage, Vasil Kiryienka (Team Sky) and Emils Liepinš (Canyon-Ersberg) went clear and managed to establish a 22-second advantage, before Kiryienka went solo with 34 kilometers remaining.
Kiryienka claimed the second intermediate sprint but a strong sprint from Bevin saw him take second again from the peloton, and another two bonus seconds on the General Classification.
With 25 kilometers to go, Kiryienka’s advantage had been reduced to just 15 seconds with the expected bunch sprint motivation for the peloton to keep him in sight.
The catch was made just before the third and final intermediate sprint and with 10 kilometers to go, the peloton was flying through London as the sprint teams formed their trains at the front of the race.
Drucker and Jürgen Roelandts brought Bevin in a good position with one lap to go and approaching the final kilometer, Bevin was sitting in fifth wheel.
Drucker led Bevin out in the sprint but it was Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-SCOTT) who was the fastest on the day, with Drucker and Bevin settling for seventh and tenth respectively.
There was no change to the General Classification standings with Bevin just missing the podium by a mere nine seconds after a consistent week of racing in Britain where Bevin finished in the top ten on seven of eight stages.
Quotes from the Finish Line
"The stage was really hard and I definitely didn't think it was going to be that crazy around London. We had three huge turns every lap with a bit of wind as well plus there was a lot on the line for everyone so, we fought for everything. That made it a tough stage. I picked up four bonus seconds on the last sprint with the ambition of maybe jumping onto the podium in third and the team set me up well to be able to take those but unfortunately at the end, I just didn't have the legs in the finale after sprinting full gas a couple of guys already. But, we gave it a really good try and I can't be too disappointed with the outcome."
"Overall, seven top tens finishes is an interesting reuslt and we deifnitely didn't set out to do that but it became necessary as we got to the end of week and were chasing points for the blue jersey. It would have been nice to trade those a win however overall, it was nice to finish the OVO Tour of Britain in strong form and have a good race here at the end of the season and now I am looking forward to the UCI World Championships."
OVO Energy Tour of Britain
Stage 8 London > London (77km)
Top 3: 1. Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-SCOTT), 2. Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors), 3. Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal).
BMC Racing Team top 3: 7. Jempy Drucker, 10. Patrick Bevin, 17. Jürgen Roelandts
Top 3 on GC: 1. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors), 2. Wout Poels (Team Sky), 3. Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo).
BMC Racing Team top 3 on GC: 4. Patrick Bevin, 21. Tejay van Garderen, 31. Jürgen Roelandts.