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by Shane Stokes
August 29, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Team Sky signs Tour de l’Avenir jersey winners Bernal, Sivakov and Halvorsen; Froome rejects calls for salary caps in cycling; Stybar inks two year contract extension with QuickStep Floors; UAE Team Emirates signs European champion Kristoff and former world under 23 champion Bystrøm; Bauer signs two-year contract with Orica-Scott; Talented Australian duo Hindley and Storer to turn pro with Team Sunweb; Armstrong Savola joins USA Cycling as Endurance Performance Director; Tankink set for 18th pro season, will continue with Team LottoNL-Jumbo; Women’s transfer news: Kitchen and Slik transfer to FDJ; Women’s transfer news: Moberg and Aalerud to VeloCONCEPT; Olympic champion Schurter takes unprecedented clean sweep; Video: Team Sunweb’s Marc Reef talks about the exclusion of Warren Barguil
Following a strong season riding for others at the QuickStep Floors team, including helping Dan Martin to sixth overall at the Tour de France, Jack Bauer has signed a contract to compete with Orica-Scott in 2018 and 2019. The New Zealand national TT champion is a past stage winner in the Tour of Britain, the Tour of Utah and the Herald Sun Tour and, according to the Australian team, is being brought on board to “boost the team’s Classics squad and play an important role in the team’s hunt for Grand Tour success.”
The 32-year-old described the move as a really exciting prospect for him. “It was an offer impossible to turn down,” he explained. “As an Australian team, for me it’s the closest thing to riding for an outfit from back home. I know all the boys on the team really well, and have done for quite some years, so it seems like the perfect fit.”
“I especially look forward to linking up for the first time on a professional level with my good mate Sam Bewley. We’ll bring a two-pronged Kiwi attack which should fit well in the Orica-Scott line-up.”
Directeur sportif Matt White said that the team had been watching Bauer for a couple of seasons. “He is a really versatile rider and a really good worker. He can ride almost anywhere in the calendar. He is a big strong guy and a good teammate which we have seen him when riding for other teams.
“We are thinking long term and he fits into our plans. With the team rosters set to be smaller in the future we need guys who can do a lot and offer a lot on different terrains. I think he will be a really great addition to our team and fit in really well with our work ethic and team dynamics.”