Mende - New Zealand's Patrick Bevin quit the Tour de France
after struggling to keep pace with the peloton on the 14th stage from
Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Mende on Saturday.
Bevin, 27, was part of the BMC team that raced to victory in
the team time trial on stage three.
BMC then lost their team leader Richie Porte to injury
following a crash on stage nine.
Bevin went on to help Belgian teammate Greg Van Avermaet
defend the yellow jersey from stage three until he lost the race lead to
Geraint Thomas on stage 11 to La Rosiere in the Alps.
Despite coming through Friday's mainly flat 13th stage to
Valence, Bevin's efforts over three tough days in the Alps appeared to catch up
Despite the main peloton refusing to chase down an early
breakaway of 32 riders, the Kiwi racer was struggling to hang on at the back of
He eventually abandoned around 75km from the finish of the
188km long stage.
It was Bevin's second participation in the Tour de France,
having finished 114th on his debut with Cannondale in 2017.