IsoWhey Sports Swiss Wellness rider Joseph Cooper was crowned 2017 New Zealand Cycle Classic champion in the Wairarapa today.  Cooper, who earlier this month won the New Zealand Road Cycle Championship, was presented the overall tour leader’s yellow jersey after topping the general classification in 15 hours 24 mins and 45 seconds; 36 seconds ahead of Logan Griffin from Oliver’s Real Food Racing and New Zealand National team rider James Oram. Cooper’s overall victory today also helped IsoWhey Sports secure the team’s classification title.

“We came into this tour, after winning it last year with Ben O’Conner,” said Cooper after today’s fifth and final stage held in hot and dry conditions in Masterton.

“We always come here and bring the best team we can. We had Tim Roe in the yellow on day one and day two threw up a curve ball for us and we reworked the plans and came up with a new plan fighting to get the yellow back and we did that. Today was more about having a little more control over the bunch. The hard work had already been done so we just had to ride the distance today.”

Upon being presented the yellow jersey at Mitre 10 Mega Masterton, Cooper thanked his team mates and also paid special tribute to his parents Maria and Graham Cooper who had travelled over from Wellington to watch their son claim his first tour victory.

Alex Frame with his parents Carmen (left) and Gary after winning stage five of the NZ Cycle Classic, photo: Dave Lintott / lintottphoto.co.nz

Also thanking his parents for their support was JLT Condor’s Alex Frame who won stage five in 2 hours 43minutes and 49seconds – just ahead of New Zealand National rider Luke Mudgway while IsoWhey’s Neil Van Der Ploeg finished third. Frame’s team mate Jonathan Mould came home in fourth while Mohammad Izzat Abd Halil was fifth and Italian U23 rider Francesco Mancini from team Figros Snep was sixth.

The win was also an early 28th wedding anniversary present for his mum and dad, Christchurch based Carmen and Gary Frame, who were sideline to watch their son.

“We only decided at the last minute to come up and I am so pleased we did,” said Carmen. “It was his anniversary present to us.”

At the finish line, Frame said his teammates had worked hard for him all week and that team work was instrumental in seeing JLT secure their third stage win in as many days.

“They backed me from the start again. Rob and Steve had a really long tour and went straight to the front with the (IsoWhey) guys then I had Ed (Clancy) and Mouldy just ripping it at the end. Ed went so fast when we went through that corner at the end and Mouldy stepped it up. All I had to do was not stuff it up. The boys really controlled it,” said Frame.

Today’s fifth and final 120km stage saw the field of 82 riders complete 12 laps of a flat 10km circuit on the outskirts of Masterton. The race saw four riders in Brad Evans (New Zealand), Ryan Christensen (Figros Snep), Sam Burston (Mobius) and Ollie Jones (Fagan Motors) make a breakaway at 26km. Evans then sat up to wait for team mate James Oram and dragged him back to the breakaway group where the five riders spent the majority of the race. Evans won all three sprint races and jumped from ninth place to first place to claim the green sprint jersey from Oliver’s Real Food Racing’s Ryan Thomas.

At 94km the peloton was poised to bridge the gap to the leaders but they responded with the kiwis driving the group forward.

At 97km the peloton was back together but New Zealand continued to attack at the front alongside JLT and IsoWhey. With 1.5 laps to go James Fouche and Hayden McCormick attacked but were pulled back in. Along the final stretch to the finish line it was the sprinting power of Frame that won out in the end.

Oram managed to retain the King of the Mountain jersey but was disappointed to lose the yellow jersey. He said today was hard racing, but he was thrilled his team came away with two classification jerseys.

“We knew Luke had a couple of points so we were hoping he could get the breakaway, but our goal from the get go was to race as aggressively as possible and flip this race on its head,” said Oram. “But once Brad got away out two laps in, I managed to get half way across him and then he realised it was me coming across and fortunately sat back and dragged me back. I told Brad to go for the sprints. Oliver’s put in a really good chase to try and bring it back, but fortunately we could keep it away.”

Brad Evans was also pleased to take the green ace sprint jersey and like many riders that finished today is targeting a good result in next week’s Herald Sun Tour in Melbourne, Australia.

Joe Cooper (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness) prepares to start stage five, photo: Dave Lintott / lintottphoto.co.nz
Stage results:
1 Alex FRAME (NZL) JLT 2:43:49 (43.95 km/h)
2 Luke MUDGWAY (NZL) NZL ST
3 Neil VAN DER PLOEG (AUS) IWS ST
4 Jonathan MOULD (GBR) JLT ST
5 Mohammad Izzat Hilmi ABD HALIL (MAS) TSC ST
6 Francesco MANCINI (ITA) FSN ST
7 Sean WHITFIELD (AUS) ORF ST
8 Leonardo TORTOMASI (ITA) FSN ST
9 Alexander RAY (NZL) MSC ST
10 Jordan KERBY (AUS) CIB ST
11 Benjamin ANDREWS (AUS) VDR ST
12 Bradley LEITCH (NZL) NCT ST
13 Cullen BROWNE (NZL) SFT ST
14 Callum PEARCE (AUS) VDR ST
15 Jordan GILMORE (NZL) TBE ST
16 Matt WEBB-SMITH (NZL) THT ST
17 Glenn HADEN (NZL) THT ST
18 Aden REYNOLDS (AUS) MFR ST
19 Hamish SCHREURS (NZL) NZL ST
20 Samuel MUNDAY (AUS) TNN ST
21 James ORAM (NZL) NZL ST
22 Jack COMPTON (NZL) MSC ST
23 Blair TREMAINE (NZL) WZW ST
24 Sofian Bakri MOHD (MAS) TSC ST
25 Joseph COOPER (NZL) IWS ST
26 Edward CLANCY (GBR) JLT ST
27 Logan GRIFFIN (NZL) ORF ST
28 Muhammad AZMAN (MAS) TSC ST
29 James FOUCHE (NZL) MFR ST
30 Matias FITZWATER (NZL) NCT ST
31 George CLARK (GBR) WZW ST
32 Ryan THOMAS (AUS) ORF ST
33 Muhammad Izat TOLHA (MAS) TSC ST
34 Steve LAMPIER (GBR) JLT ST
35 Ryan CHRISTENSEN (NZL) FSN ST
36 Brad EVANS (NZL) NZL ST
37 Ethan BERENDS (AUS) MFR ST
38 Michael TORCKLER (NZL) TBD ST
39 Brendan COLE (AUS) SFT ST
40 Morgan SMITH (NZL) THT ST
41 Scott AMBROSE (NZL) TNN ST
42 Callum GORDON (NZL) SKD ST
43 Dylan NEWBERY (AUS) MFR ST
44 Alex WEST (NZL) SKD ST
45 Chris DENHOLM (NZL) SKD ST
46 Joe HUTCHINSON (NZL) WZW ST
47 Sam CROME (AUS) IWS ST
48 Matthew DE VROET (AUS) VDR ST
49 Nick REDDISH (NZL) ORF ST
50 Jake MARRYATT (NZL) FMT ST
51 Hamish BOND (NZL) TBD ST
52 Francesco BETTINI (ITA) FSN ST
53 Tim ROE (AUS) IWS ST
54 Joshua ACHTEN (NZL) FMT ST
55 Sam MOBBERLEY (AUS) TBE ST
56 Riccardo MARCHESINI (ITA) FSN ST
57 Adam WHITE (AUS) CIB ST
58 Cameron WYNNIATT (NZL) TBD 00:12
59 Calvin STANDRILL (NZL) TBE ST
60 Hayden MCCORMICK (NZL) NZL ST
61 Iven BENNET (AUS) VDR ST
62 Mathew ZENOVICH (NZL) MSC ST
63 Nicholas WOODS (AUS) CIB ST
64 Akmal Hakim ZAKARIA (MAS) TSC 00:20
65 Richard LAWSON (NZL) SFT ST
66 Jack MONTGOMERIE (NZL) NCT 00:23
67 Samuel BURSTON (AUS) MFR 00:32
68 Joshua ALDRIDGE (NZL) TBD 00:38
69 Jack CARRUTHERS (NZL) NCT 00:45
70 Karl MICHELIN-BEARD (AUS) TBE 01:00
71 Ollie JONES (NZL) FMT 01:03
72 Sean LAKE (AUS) IWS 01:07
73 Robert MCCARTY (GBR) JLT 01:09
74 Carlos LOPEZ-LOZANO (NZL) TBE 02:57
75 David NICKELS (AUS) TNN 03:23
76 Caleb AOAKE (NZL) TNN 03:56
77 Jake KLAJNBLAT (AUS) MSC 04:39
78 Jason THOMASON (NZL) TBD ST
79 Paul DUYNHOVEN (NZL) WZW ST
80 Ben MARSHALL (AUS) ORF ST
81 Jack SOWRY (NZL) SKD 06:34
82 Josh PAGE (NZL) THT ST
83 Blake SUNDE (NZL) NCT DNF
84 Mike MCCALLUM (NZL) MSC DNS

 

Fans cheers the riders on Upper Plain Rd during stage five of the NZ Cycle Classic. Photo: Dave Lintott / lintottphoto.co.nz
Final general classification:
1 Joseph COOPER (NZL) IWS 15:24:45
2 Logan GRIFFIN (NZL) ORF 00:36
3 James ORAM (NZL) NZL 00:37
4 Jonathan MOULD (GBR) JLT 00:38
5 Sam CROME (AUS) IWS 00:47
6 Steve LAMPIER (GBR) JLT 00:49
7 Jordan KERBY (AUS) CIB 01:04
8 Tim ROE (AUS) IWS 01:08
9 Hamish BOND (NZL) TBD 01:12
10 Michael TORCKLER (NZL) TBD 01:16
11 Hayden MCCORMICK (NZL) NZL 01:25
12 Alex WEST (NZL) SKD 01:29
13 Scott AMBROSE (NZL) TNN 02:02
14 Ryan CHRISTENSEN (NZL) FSN 02:15
15 James FOUCHE (NZL) MFR ST
16 Ollie JONES (NZL) FMT 03:36
17 Jake MARRYATT (NZL) FMT 05:32
18 Alex FRAME (NZL) JLT 06:45
19 Sean WHITFIELD (AUS) ORF 07:10
20 Mathew ZENOVICH (NZL) MSC 11:24
21 Dylan NEWBERY (AUS) MFR 12:02
22 Neil VAN DER PLOEG (AUS) IWS 13:06
23 Brad EVANS (NZL) NZL 14:32
24 Luke MUDGWAY (NZL) NZL 14:39
25 Ryan THOMAS (AUS) ORF 15:32
26 Robert MCCARTY (GBR) JLT 16:47
27 Jack COMPTON (NZL) MSC 20:11
28 Leonardo TORTOMASI (ITA) FSN 20:28
29 Benjamin ANDREWS (AUS) VDR 20:40
30 Bradley LEITCH (NZL) NCT 21:12
31 Glenn HADEN (NZL) THT 22:00
32 Hamish SCHREURS (NZL) NZL 23:35
33 Brendan COLE (AUS) SFT 23:39
34 Francesco MANCINI (ITA) FSN 23:50
35 Aden REYNOLDS (AUS) MFR 24:12
36 Francesco BETTINI (ITA) FSN 24:27
37 Riccardo MARCHESINI (ITA) FSN 24:28
38 Callum GORDON (NZL) SKD 24:52
39 Ethan BERENDS (AUS) MFR 24:55
40 Callum PEARCE (AUS) VDR 25:40
41 Matias FITZWATER (NZL) NCT ST
42 Sam MOBBERLEY (AUS) TBE ST
43 Samuel BURSTON (AUS) MFR 26:09
44 Edward CLANCY (GBR) JLT 26:22
45 Muhammad AZMAN (MAS) TSC 26:33
46 Richard LAWSON (NZL) SFT 26:49
47 Joe HUTCHINSON (NZL) WZW 29:00
48 Nick REDDISH (NZL) ORF 29:46
49 Sean LAKE (AUS) IWS 30:40
50 George CLARK (GBR) WZW 31:37
51 Calvin STANDRILL (NZL) TBE 34:10
52 Adam WHITE (AUS) CIB 34:47
53 Joshua ACHTEN (NZL) FMT 35:19
54 Blair TREMAINE (NZL) WZW 35:29
55 Mohammad Izzat Hilmi ABD HALIL (MAS) TSC 36:08
56 Morgan SMITH (NZL) THT 37:57
57 Matt WEBB-SMITH (NZL) THT 39:44
58 Jordan GILMORE (NZL) TBE 39:46
59 Nicholas WOODS (AUS) CIB 39:51
60 Cameron WYNNIATT (NZL) TBD 40:46
61 Samuel MUNDAY (AUS) TNN 41:35
62 Ben MARSHALL (AUS) ORF 41:49
63 Karl MICHELIN-BEARD (AUS) TBE 42:11
64 Sofian Bakri MOHD (MAS) TSC 42:30
65 Iven BENNET (AUS) VDR 42:32
66 Chris DENHOLM (NZL) SKD 42:50
67 Jack CARRUTHERS (NZL) NCT 43:27
68 Matthew DE VROET (AUS) VDR 43:55
69 Cullen BROWNE (NZL) SFT 44:30
70 Alexander RAY (NZL) MSC 44:38
71 Jake KLAJNBLAT (AUS) MSC 48:28
72 Joshua ALDRIDGE (NZL) TBD 49:32
73 Akmal Hakim ZAKARIA (MAS) TSC 50:23
74 Josh PAGE (NZL) THT 52:26
75 Jack MONTGOMERIE (NZL) NCT 52:36
76 Carlos LOPEZ-LOZANO (NZL) TBE 54:03
77 Jack SOWRY (NZL) SKD 55:08
78 Paul DUYNHOVEN (NZL) WZW 59:16
79 Jason THOMASON (NZL) TBD 1:00:58
80 Muhammad Izat TOLHA (MAS) TSC 1:01:24
81 David NICKELS (AUS) TNN 1:06:34
82 Caleb AOAKE (NZL) TNN 1:20:46
83 Blake SUNDE (NZL) NCT DNF
84 Mike MCCALLUM (NZL) MSC DNS

 

 

Final sprint classification:
1 Brad Evans (NZL) NZL 11 pts
2 Ryan Thomas (AUS) ORF 9
3 Jordan Kerby (AUS) CIB 6
4 Samuel Burston (AUS) MFR 6
5 Luke Mudgway (NZL) NZL 4
6 Robert McCarty (GBR) JLT 3
7 Ben Marshall (AUS) ORF 3
8 James Fouche (NZL) MFR 3
9 Nick Reddish (NZL) ORF 3
10 Neil Van Der Ploeg (AUS) IWS 2
11 Josh Page (NZL) THT 2
12 James Oram (NZL) NZL 1
13 Dylan Newbery (AUS) MFR 1

 

Final king of the mountains classification:
1 James Oram (NZL) NZL 18 pts
2 Sam Crome (AUS) IWS 14
3 Jordan Kerby (AUS) CIB 10
4 Steve Lampier (GBR) JLT 10
5 Michael Torckler (NZL) TBD 8
6 Dylan Newbery (AUS) MFR 6
7 Ryan Thomas (AUS) ORF 6
8 Robert McCarty (GBR) JLT 6
9 Callum Gordon (NZL) SKD 6
10 Tim Roe (AUS) IWS 6
11 Joseph Cooper (NZL) IWS 4
12 Ollie Jones (NZL) FMT 4
13 Jonathan Mould (GBR) JLT 2
14 James Fouche (NZL) MFR 2
 
Final best young rider classification:
1 Logan GRIFFIN (NZL) ORF 15:25:21
2 Alex WEST (NZL) SKD 01:29
3 Scott AMBROSE (NZL) TNN 02:02
4 Ryan CHRISTENSEN (NZL) FSN 02:15
5 James FOUCHE (NZL) MFR ST
6 Ollie JONES (NZL) FMT 03:36
7 Jake MARRYATT (NZL) FMT 05:32
8 Sean WHITFIELD (AUS) ORF 07:10
9 Luke MUDGWAY (NZL) NZL 14:39
10 Ryan THOMAS (AUS) ORF 15:32
11 Jack COMPTON (NZL) MSC 20:11
12 Benjamin ANDREWS (AUS) VDR 20:40
13 Bradley LEITCH (NZL) NCT 21:12
14 Brendan COLE (AUS) SFT 23:39
15 Francesco MANCINI (ITA) FSN 23:50
16 Francesco BETTINI (ITA) FSN 24:27
17 Ethan BERENDS (AUS) MFR 24:55
18 Callum PEARCE (AUS) VDR 25:40
19 Matias FITZWATER (NZL) NCT ST
20 Sam MOBBERLEY (AUS) TBE ST
21 Joe HUTCHINSON (NZL) WZW 29:00
22 Nick REDDISH (NZL) ORF 29:46
23 George CLARK (GBR) WZW 31:37
24 Calvin STANDRILL (NZL) TBE 34:10
25 Joshua ACHTEN (NZL) FMT 35:19
26 Blair TREMAINE (NZL) WZW 35:29
27 Mohammad Izzat Hilmi ABD HALIL (MAS) TSC 36:08
28 Matt WEBB-SMITH (NZL) THT 39:44
29 Samuel MUNDAY (AUS) TNN 41:35
30 Iven BENNET (AUS) VDR 42:32
31 Chris DENHOLM (NZL) SKD 42:50
32 Jack CARRUTHERS (NZL) NCT 43:27
33 Matthew DE VROET (AUS) VDR 43:55
34 Cullen BROWNE (NZL) SFT 44:30
35 Akmal Hakim ZAKARIA (MAS) TSC 50:23
36 Jack MONTGOMERIE (NZL) NCT 52:36
37 Carlos LOPEZ-LOZANO (NZL) TBE 54:03
38 Muhammad Izat TOLHA (MAS) TSC 1:01:24
39 David NICKELS (AUS) TNN 1:06:34
40 Caleb AOAKE (NZL) TNN 1:20:46

 

 

Final team classification:
1 IWS 46:15:47
2 NZL 02:34
3 JLT 05:37
4 ORF 16:54
5 MFR 34:01
6 TBD 35:15
7 FMT 42:55
8 FSN 44:52
9 SKD 46:09
10 CIB 1:07:04
11 MSC 1:07:36
12 NCT 1:07:58
13 VDR 1:16:39
14 TBE 1:27:49
15 THT 1:30:17
16 SFT 1:33:26
17 WZW 1:33:36
18 TSC 1:43:39
19 TNN 1:48:39

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