New Zealand cyclist Patrick Bevin is set to team up with one of the sport’s biggest names after joining Chris Froome at ambitious WorldTour team Israel Start-Up Nation on a two-year deal from 2021.
The move will see Bevin play a key support role in Froome’s tilt for a fifth yellow jersey while also giving him the freedom to focus on his specialist event, the individual time trial.
Bevin will be a strong contender to medal in the time trial at next year’s Tokyo Olympics.
“In the last few years, Patrick has shown that he has great potential to perform both in short stage races and TTs,” Israel Start-Up Nation manager Kjell Carlstrom said.
“We believe he will be an important piece in building the support structure around Chris, and at the same time, he’ll also get his own chances in other races. We believe he will also prove valuable in races where he hasn’t previously had the opportunity to go for results.”
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Bevin achieved New Zealand’s best-ever result in the men’s time trial by finishing fourth at the World Championships last year. He was also second in the TT at the Giro d’Italia and won a stage at the 2019 Tour Down Under before a crash dashed his chances of winning the general classification.
With the future of his current team CCC in doubt due to the financial impact of Covid-19, the move to Israel Start-Up Nation also provides some security for the 29-year-old, who had his pay slashed during lockdown.
He said he was looking forward to joining Israel Start-Up Nation, who made a big splash last month by luring four-time Tour de France winner Froome across from Team Ineos.
“The team is ambitious. There is a desire to grow and contest the world’s biggest races, and that ambition is alluring,” Bevin said.
“This progressive attitude, coupled with a focus on team culture, creates an incredibly positive environment and I knew it was something I wanted to be part of. I believe I have more to give the sport, and I believe ISN is the place to harness that desire.”
Bevin was sidelined by a heart scare at the start of 2020, denying him the chance to defend his national time trial title.
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