NZ Cycle Classic - Three days of racing and three wearers of Yellow still anyones race

Published
30/01/2015 by Steve Knowles

Overnight leader Daniel Barry of Budget Forklifts has relinquished his lead in the General Classification to Avanti’s Taylor Gunman. Gunman is the third wearer of the yellow jersey in as many days here in Palmerston North at the New Zealand Cycle Classic.

Todays Stage Two covered 139km of racing from Palmerston North to Fielding and was won by Skody Down Under’s Craig Evers with an average speed of 39.7km/h in a time of 3.30.00 ahead of Jason Christie from Avanti in second place and Dion Smith of the New Zealand National Squad in third place all with the same time.

Images thanks to: Mark Sowry-Peloton Pictures

Dion Smith riding for the New Zealand National Squad retains the U23 Jersey with an overall lead of 5.28 in this classification from team mate James Oram.

Avanti’s Jason Christie continues his hold on the Sprint Ace Jersey, now 2 points clear of Craig Evers his nearest rival.

With one King of the Mountain climb in todays stage the Polka Dot Jersey stays on the shoulders of Rhys Gillet of Skody Down Under 6 points clear at the top from Joe Cooper.

The peoples champion Gordon McCauley grinded the front to establish the first break that stuck. This bunch of ten stayed away for a fair portion of the days stage before being reeled in only for another break to get away again. Avanti had a strong performance with four riders in the second break of the day, the one that eventually stayed away to take line honours ahead of the peloton and chasing groupetto.

“We knew the climb after Apiti was significant, with our strength in climbing we forced a split with four Avanti riders on the front. All of the boys road hard today and the reward was the yellow jersey” announces Gunman current Tour Leader and proud Avanti rider.

Tomorrows Stage Three sees the remaining filed of 68 riders undertake 127km of racing culminating in the Category One climb up Valley Road to finish after five laps of an 18km circuit. This stage had three sprints and three KOM climbs, and will definitely play apart in the hunt for all four jerseys.

“We want to win this Tour, it would mean a lot to the team being registered in New Zealand for the first time. We are in a good position with riders in first and second but we have to be ready for what tomorrow will throw at us especially with a hill top finish” wraps up Gunman ahead of tomorrows penultimate stage of the 2015 New Zealand Cycle Classic.              

 

Results

 

Top 10-Stage Two

1

12

AUS19900608

EVERS, Craig (Open)

DSR

3:30:00

2

4

NZL19901222

CHRISTIE, Jason (Open)

ART

 

3

33

NZL19930303

SMITH, Dion (U23)

NZL

 

4

23

NZL19920524

ELLERM-NORTON, Darcy (Open)

TSA

 

5

10

AUS19900905

BERRY, Josh (Open)

BFL

 

6

15

NZL19901222

THOMAS, Scott (Open)

DSR

 

7

1

NZL19851227

COOPER, Joseph (Open)

ART

 

8

2

NZL19900105

DAVISON, Tom (Open)

ART

 

9

3

NZL19910314

GUNMAN, Taylor (Open)

ART

 

10

32

NZL19930617

ORAM, James (U23)

NZL

00:03

 

Top 10-General Classification

1

3

NZL19910314

GUNMAN, Taylor (Open)

ART

6:56:26

2

4

NZL19901222

CHRISTIE, Jason (Open)

ART

00:01

3

33

NZL19930303

SMITH, Dion (U23)

NZL

01:12

4

10

AUS19900905

BERRY, Josh (Open)

BFL

01:20

5

2

NZL19900105

DAVISON, Tom (Open)

ART

02:39

6

7

NZL19880129

BARRY, Daniel (Open)

BFL

03:17

7

21

NZL19880525

SMITH, Morgan (Open)

TSA

04:26

8

40

NZL19781014

HAGAN, Andy (Open)

NVA

04:30

9

23

NZL19920524

ELLERM-NORTON, Darcy (Open)

TSA

05:13

10

6

AUS19870602

ANDERSON, Jack (Open)

BFL

05:55

 

Full Results can be found at http://www.cycletournz.com/stagethree

 

 

Article thanks to: Ashley Cassin