VeloClub is CyclingTips’ membership program which brings us closer to our members, and connects likeminded cycling enthusiasts.
by Neal Rogers
January 7, 2017
For Quick-Step Floors, the first win of 2017 came Friday morning,when 31-year-old Jack Bauer cruised to the New Zealand national time trial title, which he raced for the first time in his career. One of eight riders to join Quick-Step Floors for the 2017 season, Bauer lined up at the start of the 40km race in Napier looking to take a victory and add the ITT title to the road title he took seven years earlier in Christchurch.
“I am so thrilled to win this national title and to be able to take the national jersey back to Europe for my new team, who have given me all the support I needed for these championships,” Bauer said. “My new outfit is a really strong one, with many great riders, and you are aware that being part of such a setup you have to step up your game and that’s what I’ve done.”
Bauer took the win ahead of Jason Christie and Hamish Bond.
“That course was tough with the climb, and I had forgotten about how dead the New Zealand roads are with the big chip, and added to that the wind was quite strong,” Bauer said. “The victory makes me happy, as it’s very nice to kick off the season like this. I want to thank to my fiancée and to all the people who came here today for supporting me. My next goal is the road race on Sunday and I hope for another strong showing also there, even though I know that it’s not going to be easy. To give the team a second jersey would be nice.”