NZCC stage 3 - Gordy goes close, as Gunman retains Yellow

Published
31/01/2015 by Steve Knowles


James Oram riding for the New Zealand National Squad won Stage Three atop Valley Road in a time of 3.13.48, 44 seconds clear of Nick Bain in second and Taylor Gunman in third a further 27 seconds back. Oram averaged 39.3km/h but made the most damage on the final climb after hitting it aggressively from the bottom “Oram is climbing so fast he is almost in the back of the lead police car” stated over Race Radio.

Gordan McCauley spent a massive part of the day in the breakaway that started with 23 riders and whittled down to just three. The break had solid representation from across the board including three from New Zealand’s newest trade team Mike Greer Homes Racing Team. McCauley hit the bottom of the climb alongside Bain and Oram, but was eventually picked up by the fast finishing peloton.  “I got caught because I simply wasn’t good enough” reflects a sombre McCauley, which echoes rumours of a retirement from elite level racing after his historic twenty-third Tour of Southland at the end of this year.

Photo Credit: Mark Sowry-Peloton Pictures

Avanti’s Taylor Gunman is the first rider to retain Yellow in the 2015 New Zealand Cycle Classic. Gunman still only has a slim one second lead over team mate Jason Christie with Dion Smith a further 1.16 back. Smith is 4.12 clear of his nearest rival atop the U23 classification after Stage winner James Oram pulled back sometime today.

“Today was an interesting day and just goes to show that racing is over until the end of the last day. Tomorrow is the biggest stage of the tour with two climbs over the Pahiatua, one at the start and one at the end. I have a solid team around me that have ridden n amazing tour so far, the peloton will certainly test us tomorrow” states Tour Leader Taylor Gunman.

King of the Mountain Classification is retained on the shoulders of Skody Downunder’s Rhys Gillet after getting in the breakaway and claiming enough points to sit 10 points clear.

The Sprint Classification changed hands from Jason Christie to Data#3’s Craig Evers. Evers now holds a four point lead clear of Christie and team mate Scott Thomas.

Tomorrow finale sees the remaining 68 riders undertake 164.2km from Palmerston North via Wairarapa and back to Palmerston North. This stage incorporates two KOM climbs both atop the Pahiatuia Hill and the final intermediate sprint of the tour.

Full Results are available at http://www.cycletournz.com/stagefour

 

Results

 

Stage Three Top 10

1

32

NZL19930617

ORAM, James (U23)

NZL

3:13:48

2

37

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BAIN, Nick (U23)

NVA

00:44

3

3

NZL19910314

GUNMAN, Taylor (Open)

ART

01:11

4

8

AUS19900817

PRETE, Joshua (Open)

BFL

 

5

4

NZL19901222

CHRISTIE, Jason (Open)

ART

 

6

18

AUS19920426

IVORY, Cameron (Open)

GPM

01:16

7

54

NZL19720309

MCCAULEY, Gordon (Open)

TKM

 

8

33

NZL19930303

SMITH, Dion (U23)

NZL

 

9

80

NZL19900906

RUSH, Tim (Open)

NZC

 

10

75

NZL19961014

MARRYATT, Jake (U23)

MER

01:21

 

General Classification Top 10

1

3

NZL19910314

GUNMAN, Taylor (Open)

ART

10:11:25

2

4

NZL19901222

CHRISTIE, Jason (Open)

ART

00:01

3

33

NZL19930303

SMITH, Dion (U23)

NZL

01:17

4

10

AUS19900905

BERRY, Josh (Open)

BFL

01:35

5

2

NZL19900105

DAVISON, Tom (Open)

ART

02:57

6

21

NZL19880525

SMITH, Morgan (Open)

TSA

04:44

7

40

NZL19781014

HAGAN, Andy (Open)

NVA

05:05

8

7

NZL19880129

BARRY, Daniel (Open)

BFL

05:20

9

32

NZL19930617

ORAM, James (U23)

NZL

05:29

10

6

AUS19870602

ANDERSON, Jack (Open)

BFL

06:21

 

Article thanks to: Ashley Cassin