Patrick Bevin is the new as much as unexpected Tirreno-Adriatico 2018 leader. The Kiwi rider finished in fifth in today’s sprint and, thanks to this result, wears the leader’s jersey on his shoulders. BMC Racing‘s representative explains that his lead has not been an expected move by his squad:“It was not planned that I’d take over from Damiano Caruso – says Bevin – It’s a weird feeling but my teammates were keen on leading me out. I got a pretty good run when the bunch was spread out”. Bevin’s fifth position on the finish line in Follonica might not amaze the most expert insiders because of former Cannondale-Drapac rider’s past: “I’ve had moments in the past when I was a good sprinter but I became a lead-out man. Today was the first time in my career that I got my opportunity in a bunch sprint. It’s weird but it’s also great to lead such a big race”, ends Bevin.