Bauer our fastest on stage four in Abu Dhabi and Yates looking forward to summit finish tomorrow

Sat 24 Feb 2018

Former New Zealand national time trial champion Jack Bauer was the best placed rider for Mitchelton-SCOTT in 20th on stage four of the Abu Dhabi Tour as a pan flat individual time trial caused the expected shake up on the general classification.

With GC hopeful Simon Yates crossing the line in 29th place some 49seconds back on stage winner and new race leader Rohan Dennis (BMC-Racing-Team) tomorrow’s final stage summit finish at Jebel Hafeet should provide the scene for an exciting tussle for the race title.

Laying down the gauntlet:

A short and completely flat course saw the best early time set by Nikias Arndt (Team-Sunweb) with 14:43” for the short 12kilometre course.

Bauer and Roger Kluge were the first riders down the ramp for Mitchelton-SCOTT, both posting times around 20seconds slower than Arndt.

Rohan Dennis was the next occupant of the hot-seat, besting Arndt’s time by over 20seconds with Yates coming in a minute down on Dennis with the same time as Kluge at 15:10”.

Winning Time – All change at the top:

With world champion Tom Dumoulin (Team-Sunweb) suffering a mechanical at the start of his effort there was nobody that got near the benchmark set by Dennis and the Australian won the stage by 14seconds over Jonathan Castroviejo (Team-Sky) and moved into the race lead by the same margin.

Simon Yates – 22nd on GC:

“Today was ok, nothing special for me personally and in itself quite difficult with the heat and a little bit of wind to spice things up.”

“I am looking forward to tomorrow’s final stage with the mountain top finish, I hope to have good legs and that I can try something to get a good result and move up on GC.

“The forecast right now is actually for storms and rain which will make things interesting, but probably better for me as it will be cooler, as always we will see what happens tomorrow.”

Sport director Dave McPartland:

“We were hoping to be a bit closer at the end of play today and as far as the general classification goes todays result puts us a little bit on the back foot so we are going to have to go for it tomorrow.”

“However, what it does do is give us an opportunity to attack within the closing kilometres tomorrow and that will dictate our approach. Jack rode quite strongly today and put in a good ride, but we want to try and finish off the tour on a high and that will be our objective tomorrow.”

Abu Dhabi Tour stage 4 ITT results:

1. Rohan Dennis (BMC-Racing-Team) 00:14:21

2. Jonathan Castroviejo (Team-Sky) +0:14

3. Miles Scotson (BMC-Racing-Team) +0:16

20. Jack Bauer (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:41

General classification after stage 4:

1. Rohan Dennis (BMC-Racing-Team) 11:21:10

2. Jonathan Castroviejo (Team-Sky) +0:14

3. Miles Scotson (BMC-Racing-Team) +0:1

22. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:49

Photos courtesy of Getty Images.