Jack Bauer has been called up to the New Zealand team for the UCI World Road Championships. The Mitchelton-SCOTT rider will pro team teammate Dion Smith, Patrick Bevin and George Bennett in the road race on 29th September.
The elite men’s team for the road race in Yorkshire was intended to focus around George Bennett, Dion Smith, Patrick Bevin and Tom Scully. However, Scully has reported that he has not recovered well enough to be competitive in Yorkshire. The 29 year old who races for the EF Education First team supported teammate Rigoberto Uran to 7th place in the general classification at the Tour de France. Scully finished the Tour de France alongside compatriot George Bennett of Jumbo-Visma; with Patrick Bevin also starting the Tour but being forced to pull out due to injury. During the Tour he was part of a successful break that managed to last all the way to the line in stage 17.
After a month away from competitive racing, Scully pinned a number on again at the EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg World Tour one-day race and then took on the 4-day Deutschland Tour. But the Tour de France took a lot out of Scully, and he has therefore opted to miss out on the World Championships; thus opening the door for Bauer.
Bauer’s season, by contrast to Scully, was very quiet after the Giro d’Italia. The Kiwi raced just once between the Giro d’Italia, that concluded at the beginning of June, and the Binck Bank Tour that began almost in the middle of August. He posted a strong top 20 performance in the Bretagne Classic – Ouest France in support of teammate Jack Haig who would finish third behind Sep Vanmarcke and Tiesj Benoot. Most recently Bauer took on the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, a race that saw the team come away with second overall courtesy of Matteo Trentin; who took a stage win as well.
The World Championships kick off on Monday for New Zealand, with the junior individual time trials seeing Ella Wyllie go for the women, while Logan Currie, Reuben Thompson and Finn Fisher-Black will all start for the men.