Sporting the black-and-white New Zealand national TT champion’s kit and his Giant Rivet TT helmet, Bevin blitzed the technical, hilly course on his Trinity Advanced Pro bike built up with a CADEX Aero WheelSystem. He stopped the clock at 47:30 at the finish in Pau, France, placing him second behind stage winner and new overall leader Primoz Roglic of Slovenia.
“It was a super hard course,” Bevin said after the stage. “I knew, having ridden it, that it was a tough one to read and that it could go towards the climbers but Primoz is not a pure climber. He’s been the best all year in time trials. You had to have power all day. It was quite hard to start off with the 2.5km climb, it was about making sure you had a bit of reserve left and delivering a performance over 47 minutes. There was no hiding and nowhere to recover.”
Bevin, who missed some time with an injury in the spring, said his form is coming on strong and he has an eye on the upcoming World Championships. The New Zealand national champ has three top-five results in WorldTour races so far this season.
“I’ll be chipping away and I will [win] one eventually,” Bevin said. “It’s been a rough season for me and I’ve turned it around in the back end with an eye on the Worlds, so to have strong legs ten days into the Vuelta is good but obviously you always want a little bit more. We will keep working, go back to the drawing board and keep pushing.”