Crossing the ditch, for the New Zealand Cycle Classic, a 5 stage UCI 2.2 classified race around the Wairarapa region near Wellington. After 2 consecutive podiums on the first two stages, Jensen Plowright took out stage 3 at the NZ Cycle Classic, the 19-year-old’s first UCI win. New to the team, Rylee Field backed it up the next day with a dominant win in the race’s Queen Stage. Rylee kept his cool on stage 5, defending his lead to take out the General Classification, the team’s first for the year.
Relive the Race
An aggressive start, we made sure we covered the key moves early with Rylee and Kees getting into the main moves of the day. A reset after a hard chase by Black Spoke and eventually after 60kms a small break established. St George took up the chase before a sprint finish with a pinch climb before the line resulting in Aaron Gate of Black Spoke bettering Jensen Plowright with Ayden Toovey finishing up in 5th.
Jensen Plowright takes out stage 3 of the UCI 2.2 New Zealand Cycle Classic. After 2nd in stage 1, 3rd in stage 2, Jensen Plowright finally nabs a well-deserved stage win!
We’ve been close every day and it was a massive relief and reward to cross the line first today, finishing off another aggressive day of racing. A rainy start saw lots of riders trying to make a GC split in the race and gain time ahead of the “queen stage” tomorrow up Admirals Hill. Ayden Toovey covered the main move which meant we would keep the leaders jersey if the break survived, or get a chance for the sprint again with Jensen if it came back. We were satisfied either way, but Sapura and Kinan missed the move, causing a very hard chase around the beautiful Martinborough, to set up a bunch sprint and save their GC riders hopes. A messy finish, but Jensen managed to finish off the job after some great work by the team
What a ride by Rylee Field today winning solo the queen stage of the #NZCC. Followed a further 50+ s back by Kees, making it a 1-2 for the lads. Rylee will now lead the tour going into the final stage tomorrow.
Tour Win! The team’s first General Classification win of the season. The boys have been doing some great work across the ditch, as Rylee Field holds onto a 25 second lead from his stage 4 win to take out the overall at the NZ Cycle Classic. Rylee has come into season 2020 with incredible form so it’s great to see the hard work he put in over the offseason be immediately rewarded. Not bad for a self-confessed domestique.