Kiwi Patrick Bevin finishes second in Tour of California time trial

Evarado Alatorre
May 17, 2018

Van Garderen put 1:23 into overnight leader Egan Bernal (Team Sky) over the 34.7km course around Morgan Hill near San Jose, and now leads the 21-year-old Colombian climber by 23 seconds overall.

The American completed the route in 40:47, finishing faster than teammate Patrick Bevan (New Zealand) and Team Sky's Tao Geoghegan Hart (Britain).

"It seemed", van Garderen said, "like it went from bad luck to bad luck".

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. It's a specialists' time trial so you can never really tell what you've done until you cross the line. "If I lose the race by one second, I'm going to wish I eked out another second here". It was a long tough time trial.

The International Cycling Union WorldTour race will continue tomorrow with a 176km stage from Stockton to Elk Grove. But the crucial test will be the following day, when the peloton tackles a long, brutal stage that ends with a hard climb in Lake Tahoe.

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"Today was going to be my big power play, and I'm glad I was able to produce one". So will Daniel Martinez, who is 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".

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. His return after five years away gave him a rare opportunity to race in front of family and friends in the US, and especially his two young children.

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

Van Garderen and Geoghegan Hart were among the clear winners in the general classification after the stage.

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