Patrick Bevin celebrates winning the Tour of Turkey. Photo / Getty It wasn’t the way he wanted to seal the biggest win of his career, but Kiwi cyclist Patrick Bevin has claimed the overall title at the Tour of Turkey.
Bevin stormed into the race lead after winning stage seven on Saturday night, and sealed victory in bizarre fashion when stage eight was cancelled after just 25 kilometres of racing.
The 31-year-old was always likely to retain the leader’s jersey after his brilliant stage win on the penultimate stage, but he admitted nerves before the final day, having lost a similar chance at victory on the last stage at the Tour Down Under in 2019.
Instead, he didn’t have to navigate all 137.8 kilometres of the final stage in Istanbul – largely flat but featuring four ascents of an 800 metre climb at an average gradient of 7.4 per cent – with heavy rain falling as the race began, causing crashes in combination with high winds.
After 25 kilometres, the riders asked for the race to be neutralised due to unsafe conditions, and the final stage was scrapped, leaving Bevin as the overall victor.
"Everyone is a little bit disappointed about cancelling the stage, it would have been great to race through such a beautiful city, but it was an important decision to make for the safety of the riders," Bevin said.
"I am proud to be this year’s winner of the Tour of Turkey." Stay ahead of the game Patrick Bevin wins the Tour […]