Bauer hits the top ten on stage four time trial in San JoseWed 16 May 2018
Former New Zealand national time trial champion Jack Bauer rode his way into the top ten on stage four of the Amgen Tour of California in San Jose on the outskirts of Silicon Valley.
A testing 34kilometre course with a sharp climb in the middle followed by two technical descents and a long, gradual drag up to the line suited the diesel engines of the peloton and the early time to beat was set by Patrick Bevin (BMC-Racing-Team) with 40minutes 54seconds.
Australian Michael Hepburn set Mitchelton-SCOTT's best time with 42minutes until Bauer hit the course and gained 20seconds on his teammate, the GC battle also took a turn with Teejay Van Garderen (BMC-Racing-Team) not only winning the stage, but also moving into the race lead.
Van Garderen went seven seconds quicker than teammate Bevin to take the stage victory and caused a reshuffle of the top ten overall with Adam Yates now down to fifth despite a strong ride over a such a long course.
Jack Bauer – 7th:
“I wasn’t feeling that great today to be honest, I haven’t raced since Paris-Roubaix so it’s quite satisfying to get a solid result here. I am building towards my next big objectives and this race forms part of that preparation, so it was important to have a good hit out on this course.”
“My main task here is to support Adam and Caleb Ewan, I hadn’t targeted the TT and it’s quite satisfying to produce a decent ride on what was a long and pretty challenging course.
“As a team we have started the race really well and with three more stages to come we are on track to get a good overall result with Adam and we have a couple of fresh opportunities to go for a stage win with Caleb in the sprints.”
Sport director Matt Wilson:
“The distance was the big thing today, 34kilometres is a long way for an individual time trial and we had a good day. Jack was top ten on the stage which was fantastic, and Adam produced a very solid ride for a guy who is still on the road to recovery and is certainly not in top form.”
“Adam’s last time trial was back at Tirreno-Adriatico back in March and the first part of today’s route was really undulating and tough and took a lot out of the guys, but we didn’t lose too much time to the other guys and he’s in fifth on GC and with three stages to go we’re still on target for the top ten.”
Tour of California stage four ITT results:
1. Teeejay Van Garderen (BMC-Racing-Team) 00:40:47
2. Patrick Bevin (BMC-Racing-Team) +0:07
3. Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team-Sky) +0:32
7. Jack Bauer (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:55
General classification after stage four:
1. Teeejay Van Garderen (BMC-Racing-Team) 12:50:55
2. Egan Bernal (Team-Sky) +0:37
3. Daniel Martinez (EF-Drapac-Cannondale) +0:37
5. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +1:07
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