Tour of Britain Chat: Jack Bauer


A really popular rider when he was racing here before going WorldTour (now even more fans), Jack Bauer talks to VeloUK

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Tour of Britain Chat: Jack Bauer

Jack has been based in Spain, North of Barcelona for six years and likes it so much he’s not been back to New Zealand although he is hoping to go back for Christmas this year.

A lot of that staying put in Europe has been down to some pretty serious injuries he’s sustained whilst racing but he admits he still loves racing his bike and living the dream.


Jack in a break at RideLondon a few years ago

It’s hard to believe but the Tour Series winner and more has been in the WorldTour for five years. He has many memorable moments, losing that Tour de France stage so narrowly in 2014 when caught meteres from the finish line after 200k plus out front, injuries have also plagued him. He broke his left femur in the Tour de France in 2015 and that put him out of action for a long long time but he says he’s back on the road for the big come back.

“I’m back to full fitness and full strength but trying to lay down some results and for that’s it’s been a trying year”. He added that the British fans have remembered him well and to prove it held up two little packets of Haribo that were given to him!

Asked what his hopes were for the Tour of Britain, he replied “I want to win a stage in this race. I have had some near misses but not won a stage yet and I’d like to do that this week.” He has not seen the route for the race as yet but says he’ll have a look at the manual tonight and take it day by day.

Asked what’s the difference between his career here in Britain and the one in WorldTour, he replies “A lot more racing and back then I was pretty new to cycling and not knowing what I was doing. Now I know my way round the bunch a bit better. I have very fond memories of riding my bike back then.”

“Once you have done a few seasons at WorldTour and know what you can do a little bit more, it makes thing easier, more relaxed and more enjoyable and you get given more space in the bunch to animate the race and do what your capable of. That was harder back in the day with the Endura jersey on and I got shoved around a little more but it’s all good now.”




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