Heroics and heartbreak for Jack Bauer on Tour de France stage 15

Garmin-Sharp rider Jack Bauer's Tour de France dreams were crushed as he narrowly missed out on a glorious breakaway victory on stage 15

Jack Bauer after stage fifteen of the 2014 Tour de FRance

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

His heroics made for one of the most exciting sprint finishes in living memory, but it was hard for Jack Bauer (Garmin-Sharp) to see the bright side after he narrowly missed out on the stage win at the end of stage 15 of the Tour de France.

The Kiwi was part of a day-long breakaway with Martin Elmiger for almost all of the 222km stage from Tallard to Nimes, however was overhauled by Alexander Kristoff with just 20 metres to spare on the line, finishing tenth.

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Richard Abraham is an award-winning writer, based in New Zealand. He has reported from major sporting events including the Tour de France and Olympic Games, and is also a part-time travel guide who has delivered luxury cycle tours and events across Europe. In 2019 he was awarded Writer of the Year at the PPA Awards.