Birthday delight for Daniel Barry at the NZ Cycle Classic

29/01/2015 by Steve Knowles

After todays Stage One, the first road stage of the 2015 New Zealand Cycle Classic Budget Forklifts Daniel Barry has taken the Yellow Jersey atop the General Classification. Barry is one second clear of Avantis Taylor Gunman and two seconds clear of his team mate Jason Christie after all three along with Skody Down Under’s Rhys Gillet finished with the same time in Ashhurst. Avanti ‘s Jason Christie took line honours in 3:22:04 ahead of Rhys Gillet, Taylor Gunman and Daniel Barry all rolling the same time.

Racing got underway with several failed attempts at establishing a break until 14 riders got away which slowly whittled down as did the peloton, before both eventually blew to pieces with many groups along the road. The gap maxed out at just under four minutes, but slowly closed as the winning group finished 1.11 clear of the first chasing bunch.

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“Today was really hot throughout the day. We turned into a slight cross wind and the speed of the bunch went up for a few minutes before a couple of riders went off the front and then there was 14 of us who seemed to get away with very little chase from the peloton. The gap got out to over 3.30 and we managed to hold it off on a tough course, the Valley Road KOM was the telling point for the lead bunch” states Daniel Barry, NZCC Tour Leader.

The U23 Jersey sits with Dion Smith riding for the New Zealand National Squad, who is 22 seconds clear of his nearest competitor. Today was the first time both the Sprint Jersey and King of the Mountain Jersey were contested. King of the Mountain, the Polka Dot jersey is on the shoulders of Skody Down Under’s Rhys Gillet eight points clear after claiming maximum points in both of todays climbs. The Sprint Jersey sits with Stage Winner Jason Christie, after taking points in both of days sprints.

Taking his first Yellow Jersey in a UCI Tour was “special” but doing so on his birthday can only be described as “awesome”.  “Tomorrow the boys will ride with me and we will look to defend the jersey” announces Daniel Barry, Tour Leader.

Tomorrows Stage Two will see the remaining 72 riders undertake 139km starting in Palmerston North and finishing in Fielding.  The stage has two sprints at 15km and 100km, as well as one hill climb at 52km. With 450 km of the tour still to go the jerseys are still anyone’s for the taking.


Top Ten Stage One  Results

1 CHRISTIE, Jason ART 3:22:04
3 GUNMAN, Taylor ART
4 BARRY, Daniel BFL
5 SMITH, Dion (U23) NZL 01:11
6 SMITH, Morgan TSA
10 ANDERSON, Jack BFL 02:36


Top Ten General Classification

1 BARRY, Daniel BFL 3:26:25
2 GUNMAN, Taylor ART 00:01
3 CHRISTIE, Jason ART 00:02
4 GILLET, Rhys TSD 00:03
5 SMITH, Morgan TSA 01:09
6 SMITH, Dion (U23) NZL 01:13
8 BERRY, Josh BFL 01:21
9 EDELSTEIN, Paul (U23) TSS 01:35
10 ANDERSON, Jack BFL 02:38

Article: Ashley Cassin


Heaps of Pics here from Jack McKenzie