Sunday July 20th, 2014

Stage 15Tallard / Nîmes

Start 12h10 (Local time)

Jack Bauer: "A bitter disappointment"

interview20.07.2014Stage 15- Tallard / Nîmes

Gone with Martin Elmiger (IAM) for nearly 220 km, Jack Bauer (GRS) was caught by the peloton with 100 metres to go.  

"It's just bitter, bitter disappointment. It's a childhood dream to win a stage of the Tour and for a domestique, like myself, I'm normally working for others. This was my first chance to be up the road and with the chance in the wind and the weather, me and Martin realised we had a chance for the win.
"I faked to be tired but felt I had more punch left. I left it until 400 metres to go. I thought I had it but then I realised in the last 50 metres that I had nothing.
 A break is not just a group of people who are stronger than the other 180 riders and they just ride away. It's a shuffle at the start of the stage, it's a positioning thing, it's a motivational thing after two hard days. A lot of people wanted a sprint finish but for us it was important. After losing Talansky and not really having many stages in the last week that suit, today was a day we had to gamble that a break would stay away. It was so close but so far."

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