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Jack Bauer happy with Top 20 performance
Sep 22nd, 11.NZ's Jesse Sergent and Jack Bauer delivered Top 20 performances in today's elite men's time trial at the UCI Road World Championships - they rode the same time.
Sergent, who has enjoyed TT success this year for his Radioshack team, was 18th fastest in 58m10.16sec and Bauer, who rides for Endura Racing, was one spot behind after his 58m10.84s ride.
They averaged 48kph for the 46.4km event which was won by Germany's Tony Martin in a stunning time of 53m43.85s - over a minute clear of Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins and four-time TT World Champion Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland).
The technical nature of the course and strong winds made for a stern test and Bauer was pleased with his performance.
He rode the World Championships last year as a last minute replacement for a sick Jeremy Vennell. It was only the second TT he had ever ridden and he turned many heads with his 23rd place.
"It was a good line-up as it always is at a World Championships but I guess it is always that much deeper in quality in a European-based World Championships.
The distance was something new for Sergent too. He has won three TT's this season but the longest distance of these was less than half today's length. He started today's race as one of outside favourites.
"Well overall I am happy with my ride, first TT over 46km....got a little excited at the start but a good experience!" he twittered post race. Sergent was one of the earliest starters and earned a stint in one of the hot seats with the 4th fastest time at that stage.
While Sergent's World Championships are finished, Bauer is now turning his attention to the elite men's road race on Monday (NZ time) where he will ride in support of Kiwi sprinters Julian Dean and Greg Henderson.
Today's result means all seven Kiwi time trial riders finished in the Top 20! The top performances were James Oram's silver medal in the junior men and Linda Villumen's silver in the women's elite.
Tomorrow is a rest day at the World Championships before the road racing begins. The first event is on Saturday (NZ time) with the junior women and under-23 men.
Auckland's Georgia Williams and Alexandra's Sophie Williamson will compete in the junior women's race over 70kms, then the strong Kiwi team will contest the men's under-23 race over 168kms. The team features RadioShack stagiare George Bennett (Nelson), Tom David (Auckland) and James Williamson, brother of Sophie.
The junior men and elite women compete on Sunday (NZ time) and elite men on Monday.
UCI World Road Championships
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