Jack Bauer: 'I wanted to crash into the UAE car because I knew it was softer'

The New Zealander explains why he opted to crash into the back of a car on Tour de France stage 18

Jack Bauer
(Image credit: Getty)

Every year at the Tour de France there is a story of a rider who continues racing despite an injury, dumbfounding the rest of the watching world who cannot comprehend why they persist despite the pain.

Last year it was Simon Clarke riding 17 stages with a broken back, and this year it could well be Jack Bauer who crashed hard into the back of a UAE-Team Emirates car after an hour's racing on stage 18, bouncing off the vehicle and landing hard onto the tarmac. 

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.