With a sprintersetappe and the final was to go, leader Patrick Bevin seven seconds ahead of the Australian Tour Down Under. “I love the new way we at CCC races,” says the New Zealander satisfied.
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The new CCC Team – a merger of the BMC’s Greg Van Avermaet with the Polish CCC – is excellent in his existence started, and that has mainly to ‘Paddy’ Bevin to thank. After the New Zealand title in the time trial, he was in the Tour Down Under has been good for a long flight, a stage win, a fifth place, and now also a second place and a third day in the okeren jersey. Bevin is also the new leader in the points classification.
Also picked up stage winner Daryl Impey, now Bevins closest enemy, four bonificatieseconden back, nevertheless, made the leader a positive analysis after the vrijdagrit. “Four seconds to allow Daryl, that is a top result at the end of the day. Because I don’t feel that he is better climbs than I am, and we have extra head start on the pure climbers. It would be wonderful to in the future, continuing to walk. That would be a major step forward with the eye on the final stage to Willunga.”
“There are two types of riders that the race could take: the sprinters who can climb, with Daryl on the head, and then there is, of course, Richie Porte. It comes from now on with both to take into account. I am still but a lead of 21 seconds over Richie. That is not a huge margin. Happy running in this race, especially for an all-rounder. Actually you just need to be better sprinting than the climbers, and better climbing than the sprinters.”
Bevin, who for the Tour Down Under never could win in the WorldTour circuit forces this week his breakthrough. “For me personally, is this team a groeikans. Even in the ride that I won, I had with Richie or with Rohan Dennis (ex-team mates of Bevin at BMC, red.) probably not my chance. Let alone taking bonuses take a long flight on day 1. The team competes now completely different, and that pleases me enormously. I really like the way we race.”