BMC Racing Team General Manager Jim Ochowicz today announced the signing of Patrick Bevin, 26, for the 2018 season.
Bevin, who is a former New Zealand Time Trial Champion, is the first New Zealander rider to join the team in BMC Racing Team’s 11-year history.
“We are very excited to welcome Patrick Bevin to BMC Racing Team next season. Patrick is a talented rider who has shown great potential in his two years at the UCI WorldTour level, and we believe we can help him to develop further at BMC Racing Team. Patrick will be a great asset when it comes to individual and team time trials and given the emphasis we place on the discipline, Patrick is a great addition to the team,” Ochowicz explained.
“Patrick showed great form at the Tour de Suisse this year, narrowly missing out on a stage win, so we know he has the ability to do well at stage races at the highest level. He has experience at a lot of different races so when riders like Richie Porte and Greg Van Avermaet need support, Patrick will be there. A rider with Patrick’s versatility is exactly what we were looking for and we are confident he will fit in well with the team’s objectives for 2018.”
Bevin is excited about the opportunity to join BMC Racing Team.
“I wanted to ride for BMC Racing Team as they are one of the premier teams in the world. The team’s approach is extremely professional and the attention to detail is already prevalent in all the interactions I have had. I believe I will thrive under this approach and develop as a rider in the coming season,” Bevin said.
“I am already starting to work on developing my time trialling and look forward to starting the season with the New Zealand National Championships and a return to racing in Australia.”
In keeping with BMC Racing Team policy, no other details of the contract were released.