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Bauer heads NZ road cycling team to Qatar

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/09/2016

Bauer will be joined in Qatar by 25-year-old Cannondale teammate Patrick Bevin and 23-year-old Dion Smith. © Tim de Waele/Getty Images Bauer will be joined in Qatar by 25-year-old Cannondale teammate Patrick Bevin and 23-year-old Dion Smith. Boosted by his stage win on the Tour of Britain, Jack Bauer will head the New Zealand team at next month's road cycling world championships in Qatar.

Bauer, who rides for the Cannondale Drapac World Tour team, will lead a group of young riders at the championships on October 9-16.

He held off the peleton to take the 194.5km fifth stage of the Tour of Britain on Friday (NZT).

Bauer will be joined in Qatar by 25-year-old Cannondale teammate Patrick Bevin and 23-year-old Dion Smith.

Smith is also contesting the Tour of Britain for his One Pro Cycling Pro Continental team, while Bevin is competing in his first Grand Tour in the Vuelta a Espana.

Cycling NZ selector Graeme Hunn said the Qatar championships are an ideal time to look to the future.

"The unique conditions in Doha were a factor - the course is completely flat, with a lot of corners, expected crosswinds and high temperatures.

"All three riders can cope with this and can either act in support roles or equally be competitive in a breakaway or sprint finish."

The men's under-23 team is headed by Smith's One Pro Cycling teammate Hayden McCormick, national under-23 champion Hamish Schreurs and first-year professional Sam Dobbs, who rides for the BMC Development team in Europe.

World time trial champion Linda Villumsen will not defend her title, instead opting to recover from a major Olympic campaign in order to re-focus on 2017.

Bauer, Bevin, Dobbs and McCormick will compete in both the road race and time trial, with Smith and Schreurs contesting only the road race.

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