Jack Bauer withdraws from worlds road race

04:00, Sep 20 2012

Olympic cyclist Jack Bauer has withdrawn from the New Zealand elite men's team for Monday's world road championship.

Bauer told roadcycling.co.nz that he had been battling for form since the London Olympics, where he finished 10th in the road race, and decided to pull out after struggling in the team time trial.

''After the TTT, I simply decided to withdraw myself because of fatigue. I have been struggling to find form since the Olympics and have decided I'm not where I need to be to help the team. I don't want to be there just making up the numbers on Sunday.''

Bauer's withdrawal has been confirmed by BikeNZ, with a decision on who will now join Hayden Roulston and Julian Dean due later this afternoon.

Jesse Sergent and George Bennett are the two nominated reserves.

James Oram will compete in the under 23 men's race after Tom David had to withdraw due to a medical issue.

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