Winning world-wide applause for his role in protecting teammates in the peaks, Jack shows his versatility and talent.
When Jack Haig crashed badly during the opening prologue of this year’s Giro-d’Italia, some might have thought the Queensland-born 24-year-old would battle in his maiden Giro.
There’s no doubt he pushed through pain and discomfort in the early stages, but once the race entered the mountains in May, Jack was ready to announce himself as one of the rising talents in Australian – and world – cycling.
The Mitchelton-SCOTT prodigy drove a breakaway to help teammate Esteban Chaves win Stage 6, while his work in protecting Simon Yates through the peaks ensured his teammate enjoyed three stage wins and 13 days in the leader’s jersey.
“The Giro was particularly rewarding because I knew if I did that well we had two leaders in Esteban and Simon that would be able to pull off a result,” Jack told Cycling Central after the 21 stage Grand Tour race.
“The other part of it was the self-confidence… the belief in myself that I can be there with some of the best riders in the world.”
This was not the first-time Jack delivered a top-tier performance. In August 2017, he claimed an emphatic solo victory for his first ever WorldTour win in stage 6 of the Tour of Poland – proving his talent and rate of development.
His second appearance at the Vuelta a España late last year also saw Jack step it up, this time as a key support rider for Mitchelton-SCOTT’S GC contenders in the mountain stages.
Following the 2018 Giro, Jack backed up with some stunning rides at La Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège.
His stellar form is leading industry experts to believe he will soon become a supported rider in the biggest races, rather than a helper.
14 August 2018