Patrick Bevin Rides Into Yellow In Penguin

Peloton Cafe || 2014 Tour of Tasmania Stage 4 - Patrick Bevin

Peloton Cafe || 2014 Tour of Tasmania Stage 4 – Patrick Bevin

New Zealand?s Patrick Bevin (health.com.au-search2retain) staged a gritty fight back to claim stage four honours and the overall Tour of Tasmania yellow leader’s jersey in Penguin on Friday. Despite being dropped from the main group on the infamous Gunns Plains climb, Bevin fought back to re-join the leaders on the descent into Penguin before out-sprinting Drapac duo Bernard Sulzberger and Lachlan Norris to clinch victory. ?I got unhitched about half way up Gunns Plains ? it?s a really steep climb. I didn?t panic, I knew I was in for a long chase. I got over the top and could see [the leaders] not far ahead. Cam [Bayly] actually dropped back and got me, and rode the last 50 or 60 metres of the chase for me ? such a selfless thing.? Bevin began the day just one second behind stage one winner and overnight Tour leader Ben Dyball (Avanti Racing). Just 20 kilometres into the 106 kilometre race from Ulverstone to Penguin, Bevin won the intermediate sprint to became the virtual leader on the road. ?I got up in the first sprint to take that time bonus. We were ready to ride like we were in the general classifications lead, so I thought we might as well take it,? Bevin commented post-race. Bevin now holds a 12 second lead over Dyball with two stages remaining, while Timothy Roe (Team Budget Forklifts), Norris and Joseph Cooper (Avanti Racing) are locked in a battle for third place. After two stage wins in two days, Drapac Pro Cycling were relegated to the minor placings as Sulzberger and Norris collected second and third respectively. Tasmanian rider Sulzberger, whose brother Wesley won stage two on Wednesday, was victorious on the charge into Penguin last year but was unable to repeat history. With two stage wins in hand and looking forward to another challenging stage on Saturday, third-placed Norris was optimistic about his team?s performance. ?I thought maybe I had it with a few hundred metres to go, but unfortunately just didn?t quite get there,? Norris conceded. ?But it was still a good day for us ? two on the podium is great. Saturday?s stage is another tough stage which suits us, so I think we?ll shake it up again in the next couple of days.? ?We did a reconnaissance of this stage two weeks ago and had a bit more time to look around, so we could really take in all the beautiful scenery. Today we obviously didn?t see quite as much, but it?s just a really pretty part of the world here,? said Norris. The Tour next heads to Burnie for an 82 kilometre road race on Saturday, before concluding with a criterium around the streets of Devonport this Sunday. Text via Cycling Australia Media Release

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