Gough will wear Yellow Jersey heading into stage 2 of NZ Cycle Classic
New Zealand National team’s Regan Gough will go into stage two of the UCI 2.2 New Zealand Cycle Classic tomorrow wearing the Yellow Jersey after his team won the teams’ time trial event in Masterton this evening.
Gough and his teammates blitzed the 10km, flat, rural course in 11min 35.6seconds, while pre-race favourites Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy, led by Aaron Gate, finished second in 11min 40 sec. Coupland’s Bakeries finished third with 12mins 04 secs – having to endure a nervous wait after clocking this time as the second team off the start line.
The NZ National team was further rewarded when Corbin Strong was presented the U23 jersey in front of an appreciative crowd at Mitre 10 MEGA Masterton.
“We were a group of guys who had not ridden as a team before but we’re like-minded blokes and really enjoyed the fast conditions tonight,” said Gough. “We executed the time trial really well … today really suited us.”
Strong was thrilled with his team’s win.
“(Before the race) I think we came in as second favourites to Black Spoke, but we were quietly confident and were really keen to give them a run for their money. It was actually the best time trial I’ve been in and want to say, hats off to Gough. He is the glue in this team and every time we were tiring, he carried us through.”
Tonight’s teams’ time trial followed an official welcome to the Wairarapa by Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson. She praised all sponsors and supporters of the event, and thanked race director Jorge Sandoval for delivering such an event in this Covid-19 climate. She warmly greeted international riders Trust House’s Adrian Hegyvary (USA) and Mark Stewart (GBR) who had not visited the region before and wished all 14 teams the best for the coming days.
Gough will now wear the yellow jersey as the event heads into stage two tomorrow. This involves a 158.1km stage taking riders north of Masterton in Wairarapa towards Eketahuna and back, before a short hill climb sees them finish outside the Masterton Golf Club in Lansdowne.
The 2020 NZ Cycle Classic can take place thanks to the generous support from Trust House, Wellington City Council, Mobile Communications Service, Wizwireless, Fagan Motors, Mitre 10 Mega Masterton, Cross Country Rentals, Tineli and Lion Foundation plus all three Wairarapa District Councils.
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