Jack Bauer takes narrow win in Herald Sun Tour prologue

Yellow jersey for Garmin Sharp rider after upstaging gc favourites

Jack Bauer (Garmin-Sharp) has claimed the prologue of the 2014 Jayco Herald Sun Tour by just under a second over Tom Scully (New Zealand National Team). Scully had spent the majority of the race in the leaders hot seat but the second last rider to head onto the 2.5km race around the banks of Melbourne's Yarra River stole the show and the first leaders jersey of the race. Bauer also added the points jersey to his collection on a successful foray around an atmospheric course that witnessed large crowds who had popped by after work to watch the race.

"Tom is a pretty awesome bike rider - he's just come off the track, so I knew he'd be one of the men to beat today," Bauer said."It's a bit of a pity to knock a fellow Kiwi off the top perch, but it might as well be another Kiwi doing it."

On their debut at a UCI 2.1 ranked race, it was African Wildlife Safaris who started proceedings and duly took the first hot seat on offer. Late inclusion James Rendall was the rider to set the pace but his time on the stage was to be shorted lived as Neil Van Der Pleog (Avanti), missing his recognisable curly locks after a haircut earlier today, was the next rider to set the fastest time with 3:05 minutes.

Will Clarke (Drapac) was the next rider to take his place on the hot seat with a time of 3:02 minutes and it would take Scully's time to knock him off. Cameron Meyer then Steele von Hoff came close to Clarke's time on the technical course before Felix English, despite overcooking a few corners, came within a point of a second to slot into second place behind Clarke.

Clarke, English and von Hoff were enjoying their time on the stage until 2011 overall race winner Nathan Haas came in with a time of 3:03 to take his teammates place on the podium.

Scully then set the blistering time of 3:01 which gave him the race lead and stage win as the overall favourites failed to unseat the New Zealander but it would be another Kiwi who would end the twilight race in the yellow jersey and put Garmin in a commanding position to claim overall honours on Sunday afternoon.

"Like everyone says, he's (Gerrans) in the form of his life and there's no better bike rider from this side of the world at the moment." Bauer said.

"Obviously he's the man to beat and he has a strong team around him but so do we and we can do exactly the same thing. We definitely have a few cards to play."

Race favourite Simon Gerrans was 11th on testing course and said after the race that his goal was get through unscathed. "My objective was to get through as fast and safely as possible the tour wasn't going to be lost tonight," Gerrans said, adding that Orica-GreenEdge still have several hands to play. "Cameron Meyer and I are still well and truly within striking distance."

Defending champion Calvin Watson was 78th with a time of 3:16 while Haas ended up fifth with teammates von Hoff and Rohan Dennis one and two seconds off his time respectably.

The race heads to Ballarat tomorrow over 116km starting in Geelong and Bauer is confident in his team’s ability to deliver the win on Sunday. "I will see what I can do to hold onto the jersey early on before we hit the hills. Obviously the stages are fairly lumpy, especially that final at Arthur's Seat. Don't get me wrong - we come here to win always," Bauer said.

Results

Prologue result
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin Sharp0:03:00 
2Tom Scully (NZl) New Zealand Team0:00:01 
3William Clarke (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling0:00:02 
4Felix English (Irl) Rapha Condor JLT  
5Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin Sharp0:00:03 
6Steele von Hoff (Aus) Garmin Sharp0:00:04 
7Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin Sharp0:00:05 
8Neil Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Avanti Cycling Team  
9Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
10Germain Burton (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:03:06 
11Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
12Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Avanti Cycling Team  
13Glenn O’Shea (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - Team Australia0:03:07 
14Christopher Lawless (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
15Campbell Flakemore (Aus) Avanti Cycling Team  
16Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling  
17Joseph Cooper (NZl) Avanti Cycling Team  
18Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
19Samuel Spokes (Aus) Jayco Australian U23  
20Harry Carpenter (Aus) Jayco Australian U23  
21Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:03:08 
22Karl Menzies (Aus) UnitedHealthcare  
23Matthew Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
24Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling  
25Shaun O’Callaghan (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris  
26Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
27Bradley White (NZl) UnitedHealthcare0:03:09 
28Patrick Bevin (NZl) New Zealand Team  
29Jack Haig (Aus) Avanti Cycling Team  
30Thomas Dekker (NED) Garmin Sharp  
31Timothy Roe (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
32Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling  
33Jason Spencer (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris  
34Hayden McCormick (NZl) New Zealand Team0:03:10 
35Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare  
36Jeffry Louder (NZl) UnitedHealthcare  
37Samuel Horgan (NZl) Team Budget Forklifts  
38Rhys Gillett (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris  
39Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling  
40Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:03:11 
41James Oram (NZl) New Zealand Team  
42George Bennett (NZl) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
43Thomas Hamilton (Aus) Jayco Australian U23  
44Samuel Witmitz (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
45Luke Davison (Aus) Synergy Baku Cycling0:03:12 
46Robert-John McCarthy (Aus) Jayco Australian U23  
47Christopher Opie (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT  
48Alex Clements (Aus) Jayco Australian U23  
49Hamish Schreurs (NZl) New Zealand Team  
50Christopher Latham (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
51Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
52Thomas Rabou (NED) OCBC Singapore Team  
53Richard Handley (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT  
54Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:03:13 
55John Anderson (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling  
56Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
57Nathan Elliott (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris  
58James Rendall (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris  
59Lachlan Morton (Aus) Garmin Sharp  
60Thomas Moses (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT  
61Pat Shaw (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - Team Australia  
62Daniel Klemme (Ger) Synergy Baku Cycling  
63Matthew Clarke (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - Team Australia0:03:14 
64Joshua Prete (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
65Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare  
66Cameron Bayly (Aus) OCBC Singapore Team  
67Matej Mahoric (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
68Dion Smith (NZl) New Zealand Team  
69Michael Vink (NZl) Team Budget Forklifts  
70Kristian Juel (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
71Michael Cuming (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT  
72Christoph Schweizer (Ger) Synergy Baku Cycling0:03:15 
73Eric Sheppard (Aus) OCBC Singapore Team  
74Adrian Hegyvary (NZl) UnitedHealthcare  
75Robert Power (Aus) Jayco Australian U23  
76Hugh Carth (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT  
77Jacob Ragan (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:03:16 
78Calvin Watson (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - Team Australia  
79Patrick Lane (Aus) Synergy Baku Cycling  
80Scott Davies (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
81Chris Jory (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - Team Australia  
82Rico Rogers (Aus) OCBC Singapore Team0:03:17 
83Oliver Wood (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
84Ji Wen Low (Sin) OCBC Singapore Team0:03:19 
85Jeremy Cameron (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris0:03:21 
86Harrif Saleh (Mas) Terengganu Team  
87Elchin Asadov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling  
88Umardi Rosdi (Mas) Terengganu Team0:03:23 
89Ying Hon Ronald Yeung (Hkg) OCBC Singapore Team0:03:25 
90Shahrul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Team  
91Mark O’Brien (Aus) Avanti Cycling Team0:03:27 
92Tural Isgandarov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling  
93Zamri Saleh (Mas) Terengganu Team0:03:28 
94Anuar Manan (Mas) Terengganu Team  
95Fakhruddin Mazuki (Mas) Terengganu Team0:03:31 
96Matty Lloyd (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - Team Australia0:03:34 

Best Young Rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Felix English (Irl) Rapha Condor JLT0:03:02 
2Germain Burton (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:00:04 
3Christopher Lawless (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:00:05 
4Campbell Flakemore (Aus) Avanti Cycling Team  
5Samuel Spokes (Aus) Jayco Australian U23  
6Harry Carpenter (Aus) Jayco Australian U23  
7Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling0:00:06 
8Shaun O’Callaghan (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris  
9Patrick Bevin (NZl) New Zealand Team0:00:07 
10Jack Haig (Aus) Avanti Cycling Team  
11Hayden McCormick (NZl) New Zealand Team0:00:08 
12James Oram (NZl) New Zealand Team0:00:09 
13Thomas Hamilton (Aus) Jayco Australian U23  
14Robert-John McCarthy (Aus) Jayco Australian U230:00:10 
15Alex Clements (Aus) Jayco Australian U23  
16Hamish Schreurs (NZl) New Zealand Team  
17Christopher Latham (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
18Thomas Moses (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT0:00:11 
19Daniel Klemme (Ger) Synergy Baku Cycling  
20Matthew Clarke (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - Team Australia  
21Joshua Prete (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts0:00:12 
22Dion Smith (NZl) New Zealand Team  
23Michael Vink (NZl) Team Budget Forklifts  
24Kristian Juel (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
25Eric Sheppard (Aus) OCBC Singapore Team0:00:13 
26Robert Power (Aus) Jayco Australian U23  
27Hugh Carth (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT  
28Jacob Ragan (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:00:14 
29Patrick Lane (Aus) Synergy Baku Cycling  
30Scott Davies (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
31Oliver Wood (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:00:15 
32Jeremy Cameron (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris0:00:18 
33Umardi Rosdi (Mas) Terengganu Team0:00:21 
34Tural Isgandarov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling0:00:25 
35Fakhruddin Makuzi (Mas) Terengganu Team0:00:29 


Team Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Garmin Sharp (USA)0:09:07 
2Drapac Professional Cycling (AUS)0:09:17 
3Avanti Cycling Team (AUS)0:09:18 
4Orica-Green EDGE (AUS)  
5New Zealand National Team (NZL)0:09:20 
6Great Britain National Team (GBR)0:09:25 
7Jayco Australian U23 National Team (AUS)  
8Rapha Condor JLT (GBR)0:09:26 
9United Healthcare Pro Cycling (USA)0:09:27 
10African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team (AUS)  
11Cannondale Pro Cycling (ITA)0:09:30 
12Team Budget Forklifts (AUS)  
13Korda Mentha Real Estate - Team Australia (AUS)0:09:33 
14Synergy Baku Cycling Project (AZE)0:09:39 
15OCBC Singapore Continental Cycling Team (SIN)0:09:41 
16Terengganu Cycling Team (MAS)0:10:08 


Overall classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin Sharp0:03:00 
8Neil Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Avanti Cycling Team  
9Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
10Germain Burton (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:00:06 
11Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
12Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Avanti Cycling Team  
13Glenn O’Shea (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - Team Australia0:00:07 
14Christopher Lawless (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
15Campbell Flakemore (Aus) Avanti Cycling Team  
16Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling  
17Joseph Cooper (NZl) Avanti Cycling Team  
18Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
19Samuel Spokes (Aus) Jayco Australian U23  
20Harry Carpenter (Aus) Jayco Australian U23  
21Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:00:08 
22Karl Menzies (Aus) UnitedHealthcare  
23Matthew Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
24Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling  
25Shaun O’Callaghan (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris  
26Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
27Bradley White (NZl) UnitedHealthcare0:00:09 
28Patrick Bevin (NZl) New Zealand Team  
29Jack Haig (Aus) Avanti Cycling Team  
30Thomas Dekker (NED) Garmin Sharp  
31Timothy Roe (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
32Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling0:00:09 
33Jason Spencer (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris  
34Hayden McCormick (NZl) New Zealand Team0:00:10 
35Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare  
36Jeffry Louder (NZl) UnitedHealthcare  
37Samuel Horgan (NZl) Team Budget Forklifts  
38Rhys Gillett (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris  
39Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling  
40Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:00:11 
41James Oram (NZl) New Zealand Team  
42George Bennett (NZl) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
43Thomas Hamilton (Aus) Jayco Australian U23  
44Samuel Witmitz (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
45Luke Davison (Aus) Synergy Baku Cycling  
46Robert-John McCarthy (Aus) Jayco Australian U230:00:12 
47Christopher Opie (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT  
48Alex Clements (Aus) Jayco Australian U23  
49Hamish Schreurs (NZl) New Zealand Team  
50Christopher Latham (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
51Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
52Thomas Rabou (NED) OCBC Singapore Team  
53Richard Handley (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT  
54Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:00:13 
55John Anderson (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling  
56Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
57Nathan Elliott (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris  
58James Rendall (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris  
59Lachlan Morton (Aus) Garmin Sharp  
60Thomas Moses (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT  
61Pat Shaw (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - Team Australia  
62Daniel Klemme (Ger) Synergy Baku Cycling  
63Matthew Clarke (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - Team Australia  
64Joshua Prete (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts0:00:14 
65Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare  
66Cameron Bayly (Aus) OCBC Singapore Team  
67Matej Mahoric (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
68Dion Smith (NZl) New Zealand Team  
69Michael Vink (NZl) Team Budget Forklifts  
70Kristian Juel (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
71Michael Cuming (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT  
72Christoph Schweizer (Ger) Synergy Baku Cycling0:00:15 
73Eric Sheppard (Aus) OCBC Singapore Team  
74Adrian Hegyvary (NZl) UnitedHealthcare  
75Robert Power (Aus) Jayco Australian U23  
76Hugh Carth (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT  
77Jacob Ragan (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:00:16 
78Calvin Watson (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - Team Australia  
79Patrick Lane (Aus) Synergy Baku Cycling  
80Scott Davies (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
81Chris Jory (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - Team Australia  
82Rico Rogers (Aus) OCBC Singapore Team0:00:17 
83Oliver Wood (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
84Ji Wen Low (Sin) OCBC Singapore Team0:00:19 
85Jeremy Cameron (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris0:00:20 
86Harrif Saleh (Mas) Terengganu Team  
87Elchin Asadov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling0:00:21 
88Umardi Rosdi (Mas) Terengganu Team0:00:23 
89Ying Hon Ronald Yeung (Hkg) OCBC Singapore Team0:00:25 
90Shahrul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Team  
91Mark O’Brien (Aus) Avanti Cycling Team0:00:27 
92Tural Isgandarov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling  
93Zamri Saleh (Mas) Terengganu Team  
94Anuar Manan (Mas) Terengganu Team  
95Fakhruddin Mazuki (Mas) Terengganu Team0:00:31 
96Matty Lloyd (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - Team Australia0:00:34 


Best Young Rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Felix English (Irl) Rapha Condor JLT0:03:02 
4Campbell Flakemore (Aus) Avanti Cycling Team  
5Samuel Spokes (Aus) Jayco Australian U23  
6Harry Carpenter (Aus) Jayco Australian U23  
7Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling0:00:06 
8Shaun O’Callaghan (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris  
9Patrick Bevin (NZl) New Zealand Team0:00:07 
10Jack Haig (Aus) Avanti Cycling Team  
11Hayden McCormick (NZl) New Zealand Team0:00:08 
12James Oram (NZl) New Zealand Team0:00:09 
13Thomas Hamilton (Aus) Jayco Australian U23  
14Robert-John McCarthy (Aus) Jayco Australian U230:00:10 
15Alex Clements (Aus) Jayco Australian U23  
16Hamish Schreurs (NZl) New Zealand Team  
17Christopher Latham (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
18Thomas Moses (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT0:00:11 
19Daniel Klemme (Ger) Synergy Baku Cycling  
20Matthew Clarke (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - Team Australia  
21Joshua Prete (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts0:00:12 
22Dion Smith (NZl) New Zealand Team  
23Michael Vink (NZl) Team Budget Forklifts  
24Kristian Juel (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
25Eric Sheppard (Aus) OCBC Singapore Team0:00:13 
26Robert Power (Aus) Jayco Australian U23  
27Hugh Carth (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT  
28Jacob Ragan (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:00:14 
29Patrick Lane (Aus) Synergy Baku Cycling  
30Scott Davies (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
31Oliver Wood (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:00:15 
32Jeremy Cameron (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris0:00:18 
33Umardi Rosdi (Mas) Terengganu Team0:00:21 
34Tural Isgandarov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling0:00:25 
35Fakhruddin Makuzi (Mas) Terengganu Team0:00:29 

Team Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Garmin Sharp (USA)0:09:07 
2Drapac Professional Cycling (AUS)0:00:10 
3Avanti Cycling Team (AUS)0:00:11 
4Orica-Green EDGE (AUS)  
5New Zealand National Team (NZL)0:00:13 
6Great Britain National Team (GBR)0:00:18 
7Jayco Australian U23 National Team (AUS)  
8Rapha Condor JLT (GBR)0:00:19 
9United Healthcare Pro Cycling (USA)0:00:20 
10African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team (AUS)  
11Cannondale Pro Cycling (ITA)0:00:23 
12Team Budget Forklifts (AUS)  
13Korda Mentha Real Estate - Team Australia (AUS)0:00:26 
14Synergy Baku Cycling Project (AZE)0:00:32 
15OCBC Singapore Continental Cycling Team (SIN)0:00:34 
16Terengganu Cycling Team (MAS)0:01:01 

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