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Agonising Tour de France loss spurred Jack Bauer to Tour of Britain stage victory

The New Zealander says he learnt a lot from being caught on the line on stage 15 of the 2014 Tour de France, and took victory from the breakaway in Thursday’s Tour of Britain stage

Agonising Tour De France Loss Spurred Jack Bauer To Tour Of Britain Stage Victory

Jack Bauer wins Tour of Britain 2016 stage five

Jack Bauer credited his victory in the Tour of Britain1 to his agonising defeat in the Tour de France2 two years ago, in which he was caught on the line with metres to go after spending the day in the breakaway. Here on stage five of the British Tour3 at the finish in the sunshine in Bath, the roles were reversed as Bauer survived the day s breakaway and held off a rampaging peloton by just 10 metres to take the victory.

>>> Tour of Britain 2016 route: stage by stage4

The New Zealander escaped with four other riders after the stage start in Aberdare and held a 17-second gap going into the final one kilometre. The seconds quickly began tumbling as the sprinters teams sensed their prey, and though the metres were too ticking down it appeared as if Bauer was going to suffer d j vu on the line.

Agonising Tour De France Loss Spurred Jack Bauer To Tour Of Britain Stage Victory

Jack Bauer came painfully close at the Tour de France. Photo: Graham Watson

Yet unlike in Nimes on stage 15 of the Tour in 20145, Bauer timed his sprint to perfection to take the win.

I learnt a lot from that day two years ago, in that if you re in an opportunity to win you lay it all on the line to win you don t consider coming second isn t in an option in a scenario like that and that s what I had in my mind today, the delighted Cannondale-Drapac6 rider said at the finish.

I didn t even think about what the bunch was doing, I was just concentrating really hard on watching breakaway companions Amael Moinard and I think Javier Moreno from Movistar as they kept on hitting in the finale.

He continued: I only get a couple of chances in the year to do that and from my experiences over the last year or two you learn to be a bit cooler in the situation and just keep a clear mine and remember what s at stake.

Agonising Tour De France Loss Spurred Jack Bauer To Tour Of Britain Stage Victory

Tour of Britain 2016: The breakaway on stage five (Andy Jones)

Bauer has had a difficult 18 months after he crashed at the Tour de France last year and broke his left femur. He spent six months off the bike recovering and returned to racing at the Volta a Catalunya in February this year, but crashed and broke his wrist forcing him out for another month. He suffered from sickness during the middle of the season and missed the Tour de France and selection for the Olympic Games7.

I m very, very happy, the 31-year-old said. When you can t move and you can t cycle and you can t do your daily job for a good amount of time and then you start to get back into it you realise how much you take for granted.

I really appreciate what I have and the opportunity I have. I tried to make a real go of it this year but this really caps off a difficult season.

Bauer started his professional career racing in the UK and spent two years with Endura Racing, before joining Garmin-Sharp in 2012.

He confirmed he s leaving Cannondale-Drapac at the end of the year, after five seasons with the squad, and said his new team for 2017 would be announced in a few weeks.


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Chris Froome: ‘I’m looking forward to the business end of the Vuelta’

Sky leader relishing the challenge of the brutally tough Vuelta a Espa a

Chris Froome: ‘I’m Looking Forward To The Business End Of The Vuelta’

Chris Froome on stage five of the 2016 Vuelta a Espa a (Watson)

Chris Froome1 (Team Sky2) says that we will learn the truth about the favourites and their fitness over the upcoming stages of the Vuelta a Espa a3, as the race serves up one summit finish after another in northern Spain. Froome finished Friday s seventh stage4 unscathed, unlike three-time winner Alberto Contador5 (Tinkoff6), who crashed in the final metres7. Darwin Atapuma (BMC Racing8) leads the race; Froome sits third, 34 seconds behind Alejandro Valverde9 (Movistar) and six seconds ahead of his Movistar team-mate Nairo Quintana10 and Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange).

I think I am where I need to be, Froome said after a long summer that has included his third Tour de France win11 and an Olympic bronze medal12.

The truth will come out once we hit the climbs. But so far I am feeling good and I think I had a pretty good start to the race. I am actually looking forward to get into the business side of it. We had a few transfer stages that have been kind of stressful and difficult to get through. It ll be good to get into the racing side of it again.

The racing includes the 8.5-kilometre summit finish to La Camperona on Saturday with several sections of 20 per cent gradient and a maximum of 25 per cent. For the Vuelta, which included Mirador de zaro and its 30 per cent ramps13 on day two, it is almost normal.

That s the nature of the Vuelta. Every year, it s the same. That s what that wall is known for, I guess that s the characteristic of the Vuelta, Froome said. We did that climb back in 2014 . It is tough, tough finish. It is again going to be about getting in a good position and seeing how the legs feel.

The summit finishes keep coming, too, with one on Sunday, one on Monday and another again on Wednesday, the day after the rest day.

>>> In depth: Vuelta a Espa a route14

Froome s men in black now number only seven as one of his helpers, 2014 road race world champion Michal Kwiatkowski15, abandoned the race today with back problems. This morning, Sky s helpers and Team Principal David Brailsford spent around 15 minutes around him on the turbo trainer looking concerned.

That was a big blow, Froome said of Kwiatkowski s abandon. He was a big part of the team and had a lot of horsepower, and he was in great shape.

It s a real shame.


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Skyscanner reviewed the U.S. roundtrip booking habits of its more than 50 million users and discovered that there are even possible savings if you book your flights the same week. However, if you aren t up for that much risk with booking your trips, the site does suggest alternative time frames.

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For Thanksgiving, the data crunchers suggest booking the week of October 31 to get the most savings (7.7%) or the week of October 17 (for savings of 5.1%). If you re planning Christmas travels, you may want to do so the week of November 21 for the best deals (6.4% savings). If you don t want to add one more thing to your list of things to do around Thanksgiving, the week of December 5 will reportedly get you a savings of almost 5%. And if it s New Year s travel you re planning, you could do so at the same time as your Christmas plans, as the week of December 5 will reportedly get you a 10.5% savings. These travel experts say waiting to make New Year s travel plans until the last minute could pay off for you, with last-minute bookings (one week away) offering savings of 6.7% or two weeks out a 6.6% savings.

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If you aren t new to traveling for the holidays, you know how expensive it can get. It s a good idea to figure out how much of an expense your wallet can handle and take some time to search for deals that fall within your budget. You may also want to look for additional ways to save, like using a travel credit card3 that offers perks like the opportunity to check your bag for free.

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