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A long-awaited Tour Down Under return, crashes, genetic lotteries and the podium spot quandary – Jack Haig interview

Jack Haig (Bahrain Victorious) before the start line of stage 2 of the 2024 Tour de France

Jack Haig breezes into the lobby of the Hilton Hotel in Adelaide, fresh from his training ride looking relaxed, at ease and happy to be back at the Tour Down Under, a race that helped launch him into a WorldTour professional cycling career. It’s been a long time between drinks, with the rider not having taken on his home WorldTour race since 2015, and this time he is walking back into it as a very different rider.

The 30-year-old followed a pathway into cycling that started when he embraced mountain biking as a teenager in Bendigo. He has never raced the Tour Down Under as a WorldTour rider. In his first appearance, he was racing for the national team and finished just over a minute behind victor Richie Porte on the crucial climb of Willunga Hill, stacking up credibly with a 21st place on that stage among the WorldTour peloton. He turned professional later that year with Orica-GreenEdge.

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