Jack Bauer and Mitchelton-Scott will be disappointed by their lofty standards. Before the race Bauer told us of his ambitions for TTT glory, but it would be another Kiwi taking that honour. Afterwards we caught up with the former national time trial champion after his engine helped the team to fourth place; just 9 seconds behind BMC Racing.
RC: First of all, in a race that saw the top four teams separated by less than 10 seconds that was a very hard team time trial to pick a winner from. What was that like to ride?
Jack: It was a really hard one to gauge as a lot of teams went out of the box lightening quick and wound up shelling riders and speed towards the back half when the course got really grippy – due to the wind in the face and the repeated uphill drags. It was a painful one to ride for sure.
RC: How happy are you and the team with the way you executed the team time trial?
Jack: I’m disappointed to come away empty handed obviously…we backed ourselves for the win today. That being said a few of our specialists hit the deck hard yesterday, and that always takes the sting out of you. As a team we have to be content. With the amount of bandages on display at the dinner table last night…we could have quite easily posted a much slower time!
RC: I imagine it must have been quite unusual being the first team down the start ramp and with no teams to compare to. Are you able to tell us what sort of information you were getting in view of the fact that you were the first team to start?
Jack: All we could go off were Sky’s time checks, which were coming out 5 minutes after ours. We had a gauge on the pace of one of the favourites for today’s stage because of that. Although it’s more just info than anything else, it doesn’t affect the ride as you’re always on your limit.
After three stages Mitchelton-Scott’s Adam Yates now sits in 20th place overall with teammate Daryl Impey 21st; both at 1 minute to new race leader Greg van Avermaet. Jack Bauer currently sits in 84th place at 3.11mins and will continue to work to support Yates as the Tour continues.