‘It wasn’t the perfect day …’ An understatement from an understated rider on his season-ending crash on stage 5 of last year’s Tour de France. Jack Bauer tells his story, from how the crash happened (which broke his femur) to the work – both physical and mental – he had to do to heal well.
In a dramatic finale, the disjointed bunch sprint headed by Alexander Kristoff swept up the day’s breakaway metres from the line, snatching the win from under the nose of Jack Bauer. Despite the conditions and the best efforts of Ag2r, the predicted echelons never materialised and the top general classification riders survived the day unscathed and unchanged.
Oh, the Veloshire was not the happiest of places last week. It had its moments of brilliance – the turnout for the Tour of Britain, the renewal of the Bernie+Cav=Bromance vows – but it also had some surly Surrey citizens, snakes in bikes, an uncomfortable Worlds marriage and, most discouraging of all, a dream postponed. Continue reading →