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The Kiwi Touch 

July 21, 2014
The Kiwi Touch

How on Earth does a pro cyclist have time to save the world from terrorism?

It’s a gag Jack Bauer’s probably heard asked at least a dozen different ways, but the real Jack Bauer (as in the professional Kiwi cyclist, not the Hollywood character in 24) is no doubt used to it. Quite frankly we think the fictional hero would have a hard time keeping pace with the cyclist from New Zealand.

Takaka born Jack Bauer turned pro in 2010. A time trial specialist, 29 year old Bauer is now the only Kiwi remaining in the 2014 Tour de France following Greg Henderson’s nasty spill in stage four.

He rides for

Garmin-Sharp (he was signed to Garmin Cervelo in 2012).

See also - Aussie & Kiwi Riders TDF 2014

He rides


Prior to going pro

Bauer was a super talented MTB rider. He was racing in Europe for some three years before the contract was signed, and in 2009 spent nine months competing in Belgium’s amateur scene.


Bauer came off the bike during a 2013 one-day race in Belgium, and lay motionless on the ground. He was raced to hospital but found later to have a solid memory of the moments leading up to the incident. The news wasn’t as good for Bauer in the Tour de France later that same year. He was forced to withdraw from the race after a Stage 19 spill that threw him into barbed wire fencing, and left him with significant facial injuries.

His wins

  • 2014 Herald Sun Tour Prologue
  • 2012 Tour of Qatar, stage 2 (TTT)
  • 2011 Tour of Utah, stage 2
  • 2010 New Zealand National Championships RR
  • 2009 Tour of Southland, stage 2

Great results

  • 2014 New Zealand National Championships RR – 2nd
  • 2014 Bayern Rundfahrt, stage 4 – 7th
  • 2012 Olympic Games, RR – 10th
  • 2011 Olympia’s Tour – 2nd
  • 2010 Tour of Southland, GC – 2nd