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Haig on target at Tour Down Under

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Best young rider, Jack Haig (Avanti)

Best young rider, Jack Haig (Avanti)
(Image credit: Mark Gunter)
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Jack Haig at the 2015 Tour Down Under

Jack Haig at the 2015 Tour Down Under
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Jack Haig (Avanti) celebrates his first NRS win of 2014

Jack Haig (Avanti) celebrates his first NRS win of 2014
(Image credit: Cycling Australia - Tim Bardsley-Smith)
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Jack Haig won the best young rider jersey on his attempt at WorldTour racing

Jack Haig won the best young rider jersey on his attempt at WorldTour racing
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When Jack Haig started the Tour Down Under on Tuesday, a top 10 overall finish was flagged as a “realistic” goal by his UniSA-Australia sports director Dave Sanders. However, by the time the six stage race had reached half-way with the first uphill finish on Thursday – on stage 3 from Norwood to Paracombe – he was fifth overall.

“If I went with them I probably wouldn’t stay away. So I stayed with the group and followed Mick Rogers’ wheel on the climb and got stuck there in the end, in the sprint. I had too much of a bigger gear I was trying to push. The head wind and the hill made the last 70 metres seem much longer.”