Christie wins as Barry gets a birthday present

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Stage 2 - Jason Christie wins 150Jan 29th, ’15.  After today’s stage two, the first road stage of the 2015 New Zealand Cycle Classic saw Budget Forklifts’ Daniel Barry take the yellow jersey as race leader. Barry is one second clear of Avanti’s Taylor Gunman and two seconds clear of Gunman’s team mate Jason Christie.  Avanti’s Christie took line honours in 3:22:04 ahead of Rhys Gillet, Taylor Gunman and Daniel Barry.

Stage 2 - Jason Christie wins 320Jason Christie wins the four-way sprint to the line, photo Mark Sowry-Peloton PicturesJan 29th, ’15.  After today’s stage two, the first road stage of the 2015 New Zealand Cycle Classic saw Budget Forklifts’ Daniel Barry take the yellow jersey as race leader. Barry is one second clear of Avanti’s Taylor Gunman and two seconds clear of Gunman’s team mate Jason Christie.  Avanti’s Christie took line honours in 3:22:04 ahead of Rhys Gillet, Taylor Gunman and Daniel Barry.

Racing got underway with several failed attempts at establishing a break until 14 riders got away which slowly whittled down as did the peloton, before both eventually blew to pieces with many groups along the road. The gap maxed out at just under four minutes, but slowly closed as the winning group of four finished 1.11mins clear of the first chasing bunch.

“Today was really hot throughout the day. We turned into a slight cross wind and the speed of the bunch went up for a few minutes before a couple of riders went off the front and then there was 14 of us who seemed to get away with very little chase from the peloton. The gap got out to over 3.30 and we managed to hold it off on a tough course, the Valley Road KOM was the telling point for the lead bunch,” states Daniel Barry, the new NZCC Tour Leader.

The U23 Jersey now sits with Dion Smith riding for the New Zealand National Squad, who is 22 seconds clear of his nearest competitor. Today was the first time both the Sprint Jersey and King of the Mountain Jersey were contested. After today’s stage the Polka Dot jersey is on the shoulders of Skody Down Under’s Rhys Gillet, eight points clear after claiming maximum points in both of today’s climbs. The Sprint Jersey sits with stage winner Jason Christie, after taking points in both of days sprints.

Taking his first Yellow Jersey in a UCI Tour was “special” but doing so on his birthday can only be described as “awesome”.  “Tomorrow the boys will ride with me and we will look to defend the jersey,” Daniel added.

Tomorrow’s stage two will see the remaining 72 riders undertake 139km starting in Palmerston North and finishing in Fielding.  The stage has two sprints at 15km and 100km, as well as one hill climb at 52km. With 450km of the tour still to go the jerseys are still anyone’s for the taking.

Stage results (more results):

1 CHRISTIE, Jason ART 3:22:04
2 GILLET, Rhys TSD
3 GUNMAN, Taylor ART
4 BARRY, Daniel BFL
5 SMITH, Dion (U23) NZL 01:11
6 SMITH, Morgan TSA
7 BERRY, Josh BFL
8 HAGAN, Andy NVA
9 EDELSTEIN, Paul (U23) TSS
10 ANDERSON, Jack BFL 02:36

Top Ten General Classification

1 BARRY, Daniel BFL 3:26:25
2 GUNMAN, Taylor ART 00:01
3 CHRISTIE, Jason ART 00:02
4 GILLET, Rhys TSD 00:03
5 SMITH, Morgan TSA 01:09
6 SMITH, Dion (U23) NZL 01:13
7 HAGAN, Andy NVA
8 BERRY, Josh BFL 01:21
9 EDELSTEIN, Paul (U23) TSS 01:35
10 ANDERSON, Jack BFL 02:38

 

By:  Ashley Cassin

 

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