Patrick Bevin earns second at Tour of California

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 17, 2018

Tejay van Garderen produced a strong time trial on the fourth stage of the Tour of California to move into the overall race lead in Morgan Hill.

Van Garderen, who rides for BMC Racing, finished the course in a time of 40min and 47sec.

Paddy Bevin - van Garderen's BMC teammate - finished second on the stage, just seven seconds down on his team leader, while Team Sky's Tao Geoghegan Hart showed his continuing good form to take third on the stage, 32 seconds behind the stage victor, which moves him up to fourth in the GC, within a minute of the race lead. It's nearly certain to decide who wins the race, which finishes with a sprint stage in Sacramento on Saturday. It's a specialists' time trial so you can never really tell what you've done until you cross the line.

"Tahoe is going to be a big test of the strength of the team, and I think we have one of - if not the - strongest teams here, " van Garderen said.

The British rider is 52 seconds off the race lead. It was a long tough time trial.

His lead should be safe on Friday's fifth stage, a flat trek from Stockton to Elk Grove that should be decided in a sprint.

Bernal will no doubt attack. So will Daniel Martinez, who is just 37 seconds off the overall lead, and a host of other climbers with aspirations of snatching away van Garderen's yellow jersey. "They'll be able to control it and when we get to the upper slopes of the climb".

"It was a good performance from me today", Bevin said.

"I'm no scrub when it comes to altitude", he added, "so I think I should be able to handle that".

The 2013 Tour of California was his first major stage-race victory, and one that propelled him into the upper echelon of the European peloton.

"I had my girls here, I had memories here from five years ago".

Then there's the fact that Bevin gave BMC an impressive 1-2 finish.

Van Garderen now took the race lead with a general classification time of 12:50:55, 23 seconds clear of Team Sky's Egan Bernal (Colombia).

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