Games-bound cyclist Bevin wins tour race stage
Commonwealth Games-bound Patrick Bevin won the second stage of the An Post Ras Tour of Ireland today, putting him top of the general classification.
Bevin is part of the New Zealand team competing in the tour in preparation for the Glasgow Games track endurance event.
The 23-year-old from Taupo, who finished fourth in the sprint finish on the opening day, crossed the line in Lisdoonvarna almost two minutes ahead of a chasing group of four.
Day two was predicted to be another fast stage, with the 159-kilometre route relatively flat again before the peloton reached the first category 1 climb of the race at Doonagore, only 8km from the finish.
Several early breakaways threatened to go clear but were being reeled in by the bunch.
Travelling through Kinvara, at the 100km mark, 28 riders went clear, including last year's winner, Marcin Bialoblocki (Britain Velosure Giordana), and Bevin.
The break built up a lead of just over a minute from a chasing group of 17 riders before the field came together again entering Ballvaughan.
It was then that Bevin made his move. He attacked with 40km to go and was joined by Dominic Jelfs (Britain Madison Genesis).
They worked hard to go 50 seconds clear, being chased by a group of four riders.
As the two leaders began the gruelling climb at Doonagore, Bevin found another gear.
He dropped Jelfs and extended his lead to 1min 35sec.
All that was left was for Bevin to ride solo to victory, and he did so to a roaring crowd in Lisdoonvarna.
The New Zealander takes a significant time lead in the general classification and was thrilled with the result.
"It's a great result for me. I'm really delighted to get the stage win," he said.
"There was a bit of a lull in the race so I attacked, and I just felt like I had the legs to keep going over the climbs.
"Thankfully I did, and it worked out for me in the end."
Bevin took the yellow jersey and also claimed the king of the mountains jersey.