News: Jack Bauer on the Attack Down Under

For the third day in a row, Kiwi Jack Bauer of Quickstep, went on the attack t clinch most combative award

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News: Jack Bauer on the Attack Down Under
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Tight and twisty corners, high speeds and a 20-lap flattish circuit, these were the main ingredients of Tour Down Under’s final stage, which got underway under a very hot sun, with temperatures hitting 37 degrees Celsius. Riding the Australian race for the first time in his career, Gianluca Brambilla was part of the early breakaway on stage 6, attacking on the streets of Adelaide together with Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal). With the fight for the minor podium places still on, they weren’t allowed to get a big gap, as several teams had an interest in contesting the intermediate sprints.

“It’s nice to go again to the podium here at Tour Down Under. Got a little bit of cash and a nice bunch of flowers”, a smiling Jack joked after being named the most aggressive rider in the race. “Seriously now, I’m happy to get again this prize and to show myself in what’s my first race with Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team. It’s still very early in the season, but the feeling in the squad is great and it gives me huge confidence for the next races. I really enjoy being part of this group.”

Later in the race, attacks flared out with nine laps left to go, when Jack Bauer took off for another trademark escape. Joined by seven other riders, with whom we worked to open a 55-second lead, Jack stayed in that group until the final 20 kilometers, when he went solo, a move to which no one could answer. It was no easy task for the Kiwi, especially as he was coming after two stages which saw him feature in the break, but nevertheless he powered away and left it all on the road, managing to fend off the peloton until inside the last 10 kilometers.

As soon as the catch was made, more and more teams came forward to position their sprinters for the final showdown of this year’s Tour Down Under, and in the end it was Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) the one who nabbed the win in Adelaide, while fellow countryman Richie Porte (BMC) sealed the overall victory at the 19th edition of the World Tour event.

For Jack Bauer, the stage brought a third consecutive most combative rider award, a performance hard to match in the future at the Tour Down Under, capping off a strong week of racing in South Australia. The World Tour season opener was the 31-year-old’s first race with Quick-Step Floors Cycling, and Bauer showed he’s already found his place in the team. Next up for him will be another event in the southern hemisphere, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (29 January).





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