Patrick Bevin leads CCC Team at Tour Down Under
Jan 05 2020 03:44 am CET

Patrick Bevin leads CCC Team at Tour Down Under
Patrick Bevin leads CCC Team at Tour Down Under
CCC Team © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Patrick Bevin is set to open his season at the Santos Tour Down Under, where he will be the leader of CCC Team.

The New Zealander wants to improve from his performance in 2019, where he won one stage and wore the leader's jersey for four days before crashing on the fifth day -which finished all his options of taking the final win of the race. "I'm really looking forward to getting the 2020 season underway at the Santos Tour Down Under," said Bevin.

"It was nice to win a stage last year, lead the race for the best part of the week, and come away with the points jersey. But, being so close to the overall win is always going to be a tough memory for me. I take confidence knowing I was close and I can be close again. I think we're in for a harder Tour Down Under this year but I really like the course. I'm happy that they have brought the Stirling finish back as I like that stage, it's a really hard one. Overall, I think it will be a tougher race and the battle for bonus seconds will be on from stage one but they will be harder to come by."

CCC Team's sports director Jackson Stewart is confident on the shape of the formation and Bevin for the Australian race. "Looking at this year's race route, a major difference from last year's edition is the finish in Paracombe on Stage 3," he explained. "I think we could see the explosive climbers gain some valuable time and bonus seconds for the General Classification, as in the past. I expect the GC teams will take control of the race earlier with that deciding stage coming halfway through the race.

"We are bringing a strong and motivated roster to support Patrick Bevin, who showed what he is capable of in 2019. We started the season at the Tour Down Under better than many expected I think, and naturally we want to win a stage this year after last year's success. But, it's a new year and a new race. We have the motivation and confidence from last year's performance but, we expect a strong field and won't be lining up as the favourites."

CCC Team's roster for the 2020 Santos Tour Down Under:

Patrick Bevin
Josef Cerny
Simon Geschke
Szymon Sajnok
Joey Rosskopf
Francisco Ventoso
Lukasz Wisniowski
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