By Nick Bull
Jack Bauer says Garmin-Sharp's list of priorities at the Friends Life Tour of Britain now ranks taking stage wins higher than finishing on the podium.
Bauer sits 13th overall, one place behind team-mate Dylan van Baarle, and 54 seconds off leader Michal Kwiatkowski after five stages.
The Kiwi rider has ridden aggressively in the race, most notably on The Tumble on Tuesday and in yesterday's finish in Bristol, but with little reward.
His team attempted to close down a four-man breakaway en route into Exeter this afternoon, but were unable to do so as IAM's Matthias Brändle took the win.
“We've been looking to try and capitalise on any opportunities, so we made the decision to put our boys on the front to see if we could pull it back,” he said. “We didn't get close enough to have a hit out in the finale.
“It's not a missed opportunity. When you put your team on the front and they work for you, they're trying to create an opportunity. We gave it a crack, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
“Little opportunities can come and go every day; we need to take chances, and go for stages.”
Echoing the views of race leader Kwiatkowksi (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Bauer does not believe the podium battle is over as the race enters its second half.
He said: “I wouldn't say it's done. There are people who are now clear favourites for the win, but in a race like this, the stages can be fairly unpredictable.”
Transcontinental Race champion Fiona Kolbinger posts exhausting 430km ride across three countries in 14 hours to Strava
The German rode at an impressive pace of 30.5km/h
By Tim Bonville-Ginn •
Join us for E-Bike Live: a week dedicated to electric bikes
Five days of exciting electric bike tips, advice and know-how
By CyclingWeekly Staff •
Taylor Phinney apologises after being disqualified from Tour of Britain for railway crossing incident
American Taylor Phinney was disqualified from 2017 Tour of Britain on stage two for entering a railway level crossing as the gates were closing
By Nigel Wynn •
Agonising Tour de France loss spurred Jack Bauer to Tour of Britain stage victory
Jack Bauer says he learnt a lot from being caught on the line on stage 15 of the 2014 Tour de France, and took victory from the breakaway in Thursday's Tour of Britain stage
By Sophie Hurcom •
Jack Bauer wins Tour of Britain stage five as breakaway only just stays away
The breakaway stays away by less than 10 metres, with Jack Bauer taking the win on stage five of the Tour of Britain
By Stuart Clarke •
Alex Dowsett loses Tour of Britain lead on stage seven in Brighton
Julien Vermote takes the victory for Omega Pharma-Quick Step, Dylan Van Baarle now leads.
By Nick Bull •