Bauer and Mitchelton-SCOTT motivated for more at Gent Wevelgem after last year’s close callThu 8 Oct 2020
Jack Bauer and Mitchelton-SCOTT return to Gent Wevelgem motivated for more after a close call in 2019, when Bauer was in pursuit of solo victory, only to be caught agonisingly close with 100metres remaining.
The near miss last year gives the team extra fire in their belly to turn things around for 2020 and the squad line-up with a strong team suited to the terrain boasting experienced riders in Luke Durbridge, Luka Mezgec and Alex Edmondson along with youngsters Kaden Groves, Barnabas Peak and Alex Konychev.
Jack Bauer - (NZL, 35)
Luke Durbridge - (AUS, 29)
Alexander Edmondson - (AUS, 26)
Barnabas Peák - (HUN, 21)
Kaden Groves - (AUS, 21)
Alexander Konychev - (ITA, 22)
Luka Mezgec - (SLO, 32)
The lengthy Classic covers 232km and 11 climbs including three ascents of the Monteberg closely followed by the cobbled Kemmelberg. The key climbing action comes after 100km of racing, with the first ascent of the Kemmelberg after 148km, the second after 179km and the third and final ascent after 198km, leaving a predmonately flat 34km run-in to the finish line.
Last year Bauer took his chances and tried for the victory, making it into a promising move with three other riders with just four kilometres to go. The group was caught with one kilometre remaining, but Bauer continued to push on ahead, determined to get a result but unfortunately was swallowed up by the fast chasing peloton with just 100metres remaining.
Previous to this, the team’s best result was second place from former team rider Jens Keukeleire in 2017.
“I am really, really motivated for the Classics this year, not only because they’re the last races of the short and compacted season but they’re special races and I really stoked that they’re able to go ahead this year.
“Gent Wevelgem is a race I have always liked; it is all about positioning into the Kemmelberg. We have a great group of guys and guys that are moving well so I am expecting lot of us as a group and of myself.
“You have to going into every race believing you or your teammate can win and giving it all on the day. I am looking forward to it.
“I came out of the Tour really good; I went in fresh and looked to find my legs during the race and I think I did that. Now I feel fresh in mind and body and I am looking to having a good campaign and hopefully we can make the most of the races.”
Laurenzo Lapage – Sport Director
“We have options for the race, Jack came close to winning last year and looks to be in good condition. We have a mix team of younger riders like Groves, Konychev and Peak and then older more experienced guys like Durbridge, Mezgec and Edmo.”
Gent-Wevelgem Race Details:
Sunday, 11th Oct: Ieper to Wevelgem, 232km
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