New Zealand cyclist Patrick Bevin takes career-best Tour of Turkey victory

Patrick Bevin took his first overall victory by winning the Tour of Turkey cycling race.

The 31-year-old Kiwi rider hailed his Israeli-Premier Tech teammates for a “perfectly executed plan” after claiming line honors – and the circuit lead – by sprinting home to win the 153km Gelibolu seventh stage in Tekirdag on Saturday (Sunday New Zealand time).

Sunday night (NZT) the final stage was called off due to bad weather, leaving Bevin to take the biggest win of his road cycling career.

He said that after the crucial seventh stage, the secret to his success was the trust between the team members, including his compatriot Kiwi Corbin Strong, who was 15th overall.

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“The whole team trusted the tactics we designed for today. The team was amazing, just amazing, and I’m so happy to finish solo for the win,” Bevin said.

It was Bevin’s first stage victory since a Tour Down Under stage in Australia in 2019 and represented a welcome comeback after a broken collarbone disrupted his season earlier this year.

New Zealand's Patrick Bevin and Team Israel -Premier Tech celebrate victory after winning the seventh stage of the Tour of Turkey.

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New Zealand’s Patrick Bevin and Team Israel -Premier Tech celebrate victory after winning the seventh stage of the Tour of Turkey.

“I broke my collarbone on the Tour de La Provence, in February this year, the first day of racing of the year after a very good off-season,” said Bevin. Cycling News in Turkey, saying the injury followed his first break in New Zealand for a few years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bevin was in second, just 11 seconds behind Argentina’s Eduardo Sepulveda when stage six – won by Australia’s Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) ended near the Gallipoli peninsula on Friday (Saturday New Zealand time ).

New Zealand's Patrick Bevin during the men's time trial at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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New Zealand’s Patrick Bevin during the men’s time trial at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

He said Cycling News it had been “a really cool experience to race in Gallipoli” because it was “important for New Zealanders and Australians.

“Finishing on a hill above Anzac Coves was really special.”

Bevin is considered an all-around cyclist – as strong uphill as he is in sprinting – and he broke on the seventh stage of the final climb.

He won the third stage of the Tour de France team time trial in 2018 and finished 10th in the Tokyo Olympics time trial last year.

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