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Bevin joins NZ contingent for famous Tour

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/06/2017

The 26-year-old says keeping a level head in the hurly-burly of Tour racing will be vital. © Teaukura Moetaua/Getty Images The 26-year-old says keeping a level head in the hurly-burly of Tour racing will be vital. Taupo cyclist Patrick Bevin will join three fellow Kiwis in lining up on the start line of the Tour de France in Germany on Sunday.

Bevin joins Tour of California winner George Bennett, Jack Bauer and fellow Tour debutant Dion Smith in taking on the 21-stage, 3500km race from Dusseldorf in Germany through Belgium and into France.

Bevin, who rides for Cannondale-Drapac World Tour, secured his spot on the team after a strong performance in the Tour of Switzerland where he placed second, fourth and sixth in sprint finishes.

The 26-year-old says keeping a level head in the hurly-burly of Tour racing will be vital.

"A big part of it is keeping an eye on the big picture and being calmer - riding out the ups and downs that you inevitably have racing," he said.

"Everyone talks about how big it is and how stressful it is. There's a certain amount of being green and going in blind with the attitude of giving it a go every day.

"You line up 21 times and someone has to be first across the line so you take it day by day and pick your battles."

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