It’s been a while since I covered Scotland’s pro team, Endura Racing, and there has been lots of action in recent months with the team continuing to step up the level of performance.
A team time trial win in the Czech Cycling Tour, Scott Thwaites’ win in the U23 category in the British Championship road race, or the same riders’ win at the Lincoln GP are a few of the stand-outs.
Jack Bauer’s win in the Tour of Utah’s second stage in Provo on Thursday came as he jumped clear to surprise the sprinters with 500m to go, powering all the way to the line. The former New Zealand road race champion’s impressive attack opened up a clear gap in just a few pedal strokes and Elia Viviani (Liquigas Cannondale) and Jake Keough (UnitedHealthcare) were unable able to catch the charging Kiwi at the end of the 160km stage.
Bauer’s win capped a fine stage for Endura Racing as the team were active all day and had Jack Anderson in a long three man break which was only caught in the last 10km. Jack Anderson was rewarded with the Vivint Most Aggressive Rider jersey for his efforts.
Endura Racing go into today’s 16km time trial with Bauer lying in 10th spot and with a number of strong time trialists in the squad – including Alexander Wetterhall , Jack Anderson and Jack Bauer – have hopes of pulling off another surprise.
Jack Bauer said: “Awesome day really. We had worked out it would be a sprint the night before and we were ready for it. Thwaitsey or myself were to finish it off. Alex took the speed right up to 800m and I got a gap. I knew lads where all rowed up behind so just committed. Lads did a great job. I’m looking forward to the TT tomorrow, it looks like it will suit me and Alex, so we see what happens.”
Australian Jack Anderson added: “It was a tough day out there with just 3 of us. It seemed to get a bit windy towards the end, but we all worked well together. You hope you might stay away but we had Scott and Jack [Bauer] as our plan for the day. We know we got two of the fastest guys so we had backup. To come away with aggressive rider jersey is some consolation.”
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is a six day stage race (UCI 2.1) which has attracted five WorldTour teams and is described as “America’s Toughest Stage Race”.