Aaron Gate continued EvoPro's winning run of form with victory in stage 1 of the New Zealand Cycle Classic, photo provided

It was a weary but “super stoked” smile worn by New Zealand’s Aaron Gate today after he won the opening stage of the 2019 Grassroots Trust New Zealand Cycle Classic, the UCI 2.2 five-stage elite men’s cycle tour being held entirely in the Waipā region.

 

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Racing for the newly formed Irish EvoPro Racing team, who are making their debut for the 2019 season, Gate won the 132km stage in 3hr and 48 seconds in a sprint finish with St George Continental Cycling team’s Mathew Zenovich.  Gate’s team mate, Dutch sprinter Wouter Wippert finished third 1min 02 secs later. Defending Tour champion Hayden McCormick (Team BridgeLane) crossed the line in seventh place overall while U23 rider Ethan Batt was the first New Zealand National team rider home.

Gate, 28, said he was super stoked to take the stage win following a hard day in the saddle. Along with Zenovich and Drapac Cannondale’s Liam Magennis, the trio formed a breakaway about 30km into the Lost Lake Loop (Cambridge – Kaipaki – Roto o rangi – Leamington).  At one point, the trio extended that lead to five minutes, before Magennis dropped off the front at the 100km mark. 

Battling windy conditions and a chasing peloton, Gate and Zenovich worked hard together out in front to maintain their lead, however Gate gave called on his track pace that carried him to gold in the men’s Madison last weekend at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Cambridge to surge clear with 100m to go and take the win.

“That was a great reward for a hard fought day … we are stoked to get the stage win for a new team in a new season,” said Gate. “It was definitely hard. The wind made things challenging and it was not my intention to attack the way we did but once we formed that breakaway it was all go. At one point we had five minutes on the peloton and at another point I thought they’d catch us but I did the calculations … and I knew we were in for a shot.”

EvoPro manager Morgan Fox, from Athlone in Ireland, was thrilled for his riders.  “It’s fantastic! Great work to have two racers on the podium on the first day. It’s a dream start. We came here with the ambition to take stage wins and perform well on GC,” said Fox.

Gate’s high work rate was further rewarded when he picked up the BNZ Sprint Ace jersey and now wears the yellow jersey heading into Stage two tomorrow. Zenovich was also rewarded with the Three Peaks Manuka Honey King of the Mountains Jersey and the Most Aggressive Jersey.

For EvoPro, Gate’s win today is a continuation of the fine start to the season their team has enjoyed in New Zealand, with Gate having already won the SRAM Tour de Ranges on the road as well as World Cup gold with the NZ National Team.  Luke Mudgway, 20th in today’s stage, comes to the Cycle Classic on the back of victory in the Gravel and Tar Classic ahead of Ryan Christensen and teammate Cyrus Monk; both of whom are present in this year’s Cycle Classic.

Race director Jorge Sandoval was thrilled with how the opening stage went on the new course in a new location. After being staged in the Wairarapa for the last three years the 2019 event is being staged entirely in and around the surrounds of Waipā.

“I thought it went very well today. The support was great and it was run very efficiently. Great to see EvoPro start their new season with such style and they’ll have a good lead heading into tomorrow, but it’s a long Tour and anything can happen,” said Sandoval.

Being held simultaneously with the Grassroots New Zealand Cycle Classic is Three Peaks RIDE New Zealand’s Cycling Festival, a week-long festival encouraging people of all ages and stages of cycling to get out and ride more regularly. These two events have been made possible thanks to the generous support from the Brian Perry Charitable Trust and the Waipā District Council.

Stage results:

Pos. Rider Team Time
1 Aaron Gate EvoPro Racing 3.00.48
2 Mathew Zenovich St George Continental Cycling Team +0.02
3 Wouter Wippert EvoPro Racing +1.02
4 Stefan Bissegger Swiss National Team ST
5 Theodore Yates Drapac Cannondale Holistic Development Team ST
6 Dylan Kennett St George Continental Cycling Team ST
7 Hayden McCormick Team BridgeLane ST
8 Blake Quick St George Continental Cycling Team ST
9 Cameron Ivory GPM Stulz ST
10 Yasuharu Nakajimakin KINAN Cycling Team ST
11 Thery Schir Swiss National Team ST
12 Liam Cappel GD Pringle/Spoken Cycles ST
13 William Green AMR Renault Racing +1.04
14 Joel Walsh GPM Stulz ST
15 Hayato Okamoto AISAN Racing Team ST
16 Jay Vine Team Nero Bianchi ST
17 Scott Bowden Team BridgeLane ST
18 Zack Gilmore Pro Racing Sunshine Coast ST
19 Liam Edwards AMR Renault Racing ST
20 Luke Mudgway EvoPro Racing ST
21 Madi Hartley-Brown Mobile Communications Services ST
22 Jack Walsh Mobile Communications Services ST
23 Michael Vink St George Continental Cycling Team ST
24 Benjamin Metcalfe Team BridgeLane ST
25 Michael Torckler GD Pringle/Spoken Cycles ST
26 Lukas Ruegg Swiss National Team ST
27 Reece Tucknott Team Skoda Fruzio ST
28 Shane Archbold EvoPro Racing ST
29 Kota Sumiyoshi AISAN Racing Team ST
30 Blake Tait-Jones Mobile Communications Services ST
31 Daniel Busbridge Futuro Pro Cycling ST
32 Masaki Yamamoto KINAN Cycling Team ST
33 James Krzanich Mobile Communications Services ST
34 Liam Magennis Drapac Cannondale Holistic Development Team ST
35 Harrison Bailey GPM Stulz ST
36 Ethan Batt New Zealand National Team ST
37 Christopher Miller Team Nero Bianchi ST
38 Tobias Orchard Pro Racing Sunshine Coast ST
39 Jake Marryatt AMR Renault Racing ST
40 Lionel Mawditt Team BridgeLane ST
41 Cyrille Thiery Swiss National Team ST
42 Thomas Green GPM Stulz ST
43 Ollie Jones Team Skoda Fruzio ST
44 Liam White Drapac Cannondale Holistic Development Team ST
45 Cyrus Monk EvoPro Racing ST
46 Connor Reardon AMR Renault Racing ST
47 Jordan Louis Team Nero Bianchi ST
48 Thomas Bolton Drapac Cannondale Holistic Development Team ST
49 Shotaro Watanabe AISAN Racing Team ST
50 William Hodge Oliver’s Real Food ST
51 Samuel Bascombe Team Nero Bianchi ST
52 Fintan Conway Oliver’s Real Food ST
53 Jayden Kuijpers Team Skoda Fruzio ST
54 Jim Okudo KINAN Cycling Team ST
55 Nick Miller Futuro Pro Cycling ST
56 Jesse Featonby Oliver’s Real Food ST
57 Campbell Jones Oliver’s Real Food ST
58 Morgan Smith Team Rauland ST
59 Kees Duyvesteyn Team Rauland ST
60 Paul Wright Team Rauland ST
61 Taj Jones Pro Racing Sunshine Coast ST
62 James Oram New Zealand National Team ST
63 Benjamin Spenceley AMR Renault Racing ST
64 Reuben Soares Winger Suzuki ST
65 Daniel Whitehouse EvoPro Racing ST
66 Cameron Layton Futuro Pro Cycling ST
67 Frank Pasche Swiss National Team ST
68 Theo Gilbertson GD Pringle/Spoken Cycles ST
69 Thomas Lebaskin KINAN Cycling Team ST
70 Christopher Williams Futuro Pro Cycling ST
71 Riley Fleming GPM Stulz ST
72 Ben Hamilton New Zealand National Team ST
73 Martin Oliver Drapac Cannondale Holistic Development Team ST
74 Dan Furminger Winger Suzuki ST
75 Alex Heaney GD Pringle/Spoken Cycles ST
76 Thomas Hubbard St George Continental Cycling Team ST
77 Daniel Gandy St George Continental Cycling Team ST
78 Kai Chapman Pro Racing Sunshine Coast ST
79 Joseph Cooper Team BridgeLane ST
80 James Harvey GD Pringle/Spoken Cycles ST
81 Alex West Team Skoda Fruzio ST
82 Cameron Roberts GPM Stulz ST
83 Carter Bettles Futuro Pro Cycling ST
84 Field Rylee Team Nero Bianchi ST
85 Jordan Kerby New Zealand National Team ST
86 Calvin Standrill Winger Suzuki ST
87 Damian Monierais AISAN Racing Team ST
88 Frank Sutton Winger Suzuki ST
89 Blake Sunde AMR Renault Racing ST
90 Regan Gough New Zealand National Team ST
91 Jensen Plowright Drapac Cannondale Holistic Development Team ST
92 Yudai Arashiro KINAN Cycling Team +11.25
93 Ioan Fuller Mobile Communications Services +11.58
94 Alastair Christie-Johnston Team BridgeLane ST
95 Gene Richards Team Rauland ST
96 Clinton Edwards Oliver’s Real Food ST
97 Matthew Webb-Smith Winger Suzuki ST
98 Samuel Hill Team Nero Bianchi ST
99 Logan Griffin GD Pringle/Spoken Cycles ST
100 Nicholas Thornley Team Rauland ST
101 Max Jones Team Skoda Fruzio ST
102 Sam Cook Futuro Pro Cycling +15.15
103 Ryan Christensen New Zealand National Team +20.37
104 Joel Yates Team Skoda Fruzio +23.45
DNF Bradley Jones Mobile Communications Services  
DNF Tomohiro Hayakawaais AISAN Racing Team  
DNF Amarni Drake Pro Racing Sunshine Coast  
DNF Hiroshi Tsubakikin KINAN Cycling Team  
DNF Shaun Flazaranorau Team Rauland  
DNF Callum Pearce Oliver’s Real Food  
DNF Carne Groube Winger Suzuki  

 

 

General classification after stage 1:

Pos. Rider Team Time
1 Aaron Gate EvoPro Racing 3.00.36
2 Mathew Zenovich St George Continental Cycling Team +0.05
3 Wouter Wippert EvoPro Racing +1.10
4 Stefan Bissegger Swiss National Team +1.11
5 Theodore Yates Drapac Cannondale Holistic Development Team +1.14
6 Dylan Kennett St George Continental Cycling Team ST
7 Hayden McCormick Team BridgeLane ST
8 Blake Quick St George Continental Cycling Team ST
9 Cameron Ivory GPM Stulz ST
10 Yasuharu Nakajimakin KINAN Cycling Team ST

 

 

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