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Weekend roundup - Kiwi Intl success July 9
Jul 9th, 11. Another weekend and another haul of podium successes for Kiwi internationals around the world.
In Australia - Kiwi wins DBR Australia Tour
Tom Vessey won the men's U19 classification of the DBR Canberra Tour where four Kiwis were in the Top 5 placings! Nick Bain was 2nd, Scott Ambrose 4th and James Judd 5th.
In the men's U17 classification, Regan Gough placed 2nd.
Kiwi stage podiums;
In Canada - NZ Champion earns a big pay packet
NZ National Champion James Williamson has a fatter wallet thanks to a succesful night's work in Canada. Williamson, who took his first win in the NZ champion's jersey last month, was racing the second criterium of BC Superweek with PureBlack Racing.
"We were starting to find our legs and get going as a team," he told RoadCycling.co.nz. "I was feeling pretty comfy in the bunch and had been trying a few moves but the course didn't suit a break and it stayed together the whole time.
"With four laps to go I linked up with Joe Cooper [teammate] and we hit the front as they announced the crowd prime. I didn't hear how much it was worth, but I know they are always worth going for. Joe did a massive pull on the front and I hit it before the last corner and comfortably took the prime - we soon found out it was worth about $3,500k!
"That was my race done after such a big effort however but Roman van Uden had a solid run at the finish to finish 5th and move up overall. It was a great night out for PureBlack Racing and there should be plenty more to come as we look to keep improving over the week."
In the USA - 18 year old Kiwi shows up the US pros
Sophie Williamson, sister of James and NZ representative for the UCI Junior Road Championships, upset some of America's best elite cyclists to win the latest round of the USA Criterium Series.
Under-23 NZ riders Piet Bulling and Cam Karwowski, both of Invercargill, impressed finishing in 5th and 11th respectively in the men's race, with Bulling 3rd in the bunch sprint after two riders went clear.
In France - Track cyclist takes ITT win
Kiwi Omnium track cyclist Shane Archbold won the penultimate stage of the Tour de la Dordogne in France this weekend.
The 23 year old was the fastest rider in the lumpy 10.6km circuit around Bergerac in the south-west of France. Archbold, who will contest the six-race Omnium in London next month, clocked 13m56.76s to win by more than 5sec ahead of Frenchman Christophe Laporte. Kiwi Olympic teammate Aaron Gate placed 3rd in 14m06.95s.
The NZ team, which also included Westley Gough, Myron Simpson and Alex Frame, finish the four-stage tour today before the short drive to Bordeaux where the full Olympic team is assembling for their final track preparation camp before London.
In Austria - Team win
George Bennett helped his teammate Jakob Fugslang win the overall title at the Tour of Austria and earn RadioShack Nissan the win in the Team's Classification in the UCI2.HC eight day event.
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