2015 New Zealand national time trial champion Paddy Bevin had set himself the goal of claiming a second silver fern jersey to start his BMC Racing Team career. A crash on the eve of nationals in early-January ruled him out of the race but time trialing remains a major ambition in 2018 for the 26-year-old.
The “cosmetic injury” also saw Bevin skip the road race to ensure he in his top shape for his debut in red and black at the Tour Down Under next week.
“Part of the allure of coming to BMC was their time trial programme and something I want to be a part of,” Bevin told Cyclingnews in Adelaide. “Nationals were a great way to kick that off so that obviously was disappointing. At the end of the day, that is part of the sport and it happened but we put it behind us and move on.”
Bevin moved across to BMC after two seasons with the Cannondale-Drapac. As the team’s sponsorship came into question, Bevin joined teammate Alberto Bettiol in signing with BMC. Inking a one-year deal, Bevin is again in a contract year but believes he is in the right environment to get the best out his abilities. Starting at the Tour Down Under, BMC line out as favourites for a third ochre jersey in four years.
“It is exciting to come to BMC with their big riders and be part of that programme,” he said. “Ultimately BMC is about winning bike races, it is about having guys win the biggest races in the world and win every race they go to. I love that attitude where every race counts, every point counts and you want to get on with the job.”
At the Tour Down Under, Bevin will be “doing whatever I can for the guys for as long as I can”. He then turns his attention the Ardennes and a Giro d’Italia debut, ruling out a start in the Commonwealth Games.
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