Jack Bauer will line up for his fifth Tour de France in just a couple of week’s time. The Mitchelton-Scott rouleur will take his place in a team that surprisingly does not include Caleb Ewan; and is instead driven towards success in the general classification.
On 7th July Jack Bauer will take to the start line in Noirmoutier-en-l’Ile for the 105th edition of the world’s most prestigious bike race. The 21-day stage race will take in a 35km team time trial and individual time trial, and besides his abilities as a strong domestique on the flatter and medium mountain stages, Bauer’s ability against the clock will be crucial in supporting the team’s GC ambitions.
Cholet will be the battleground for one of the Tour de France’s biggest battles outside of the mountains, where the teams will line up for the 35.5km team time trial that will roll its way to the finish. Bauer’s time trialling ability has been strong this year, with top ten time trial finishes in Tirreno-Adriatico, Amgen Tour of California and most recently a 4th place finish in the time trial at the Tour of Slovenia.
Bauer’s time trial and domestique credentials will be put to use in service of Adam Yates who recently finished second overall at Criterium du Dauphine. Yates was the Tour’s best young rider in 2016 and will be looking to build on that despite a fractured pelvis setting him back in March earlier this year.
Along with Bauer, the team will look to the services of Michael Hepburn, Luke Durbridge and Mathew Hayman for the flatter stages, while in the mountains Mikel Nieve and Damien Howson will provide the prime support for Yates; with Daryl Impey acting as a bridge between the flatter and more mountainous stages.
A word has to be made for Caleb Ewan at this point. The 23 year old was set to line up for Mitchelton-Scott at his first Tour de France; however the team’s growing focus on GC success is looking more and more like it’s coming at the expense of sprint stages now. He was overlooked for selection this year, much to his clear disappointment.
Devastated is an understatement of how I feel about @MitcheltonSCOTT’s decision to leave me at home this July. I was on track to being more than ready for my TDF debut. So much hard work has gone into this from my sprint team and I to be ready for our big goal this year.
— Caleb Ewan (@CalebEwan) June 21, 2018
The Mitchelton-Scott team for the 2018 Tour de France is: