Internationale Wielertrofee Jong Maar Moedig: New Zealand national team in Belgium

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June 27th, ’14.  New Zealand’s Pieter Bulling lined up in Belgium on Wednesday for the UCI 1.2 race; the Internationale Wielertrofee Jong Maar Moedig; and finished best placed of the New Zealand national team.  The 170km race was won by Gijs van Hoecke of Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise.

 June 27th, ’14.  New Zealand’s Pieter Bulling lined up in Belgium on Wednesday for the UCI 1.2 race; the Internationale Wielertrofee Jong Maar Moedig; and finished best placed of the New Zealand national team.  The 170km race was won by Gijs van Hoecke of Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise.

The six-man New Zealand national team was represented by Dylan Kennett, Marc Ryan, Patrick Bevin, Alex Frame and Alex Hooper.  Together the six of them were up against 29 other teams from Europe and America.  Chief amongst them was Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise.  Their rider van Hoecke escaped in a breakaway with compatriot Loic Vliegen of the BMC Development Team.  The two riders held an advantage of just over thirty seconds going into the finish but it was van Hoecke who had the legs to win in the end.

Behind them several splits occurred in the peloton resulting in a number of small groups arriving at the finish.   First of the small groups was led home by Jelle Wallays of Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise to complete an all-Belgian podium.  Pieter Bulling rounded off the top 40 in a group of 11 riders.

Also present were the Team Terra Safety Shoes duo of Matthew Zenovich and Nick Bain.  Bain arrived home in a larger group of 26 riders 2.45mins behind the leaders.  Last week lined up to compete in the Tour des Pays de Savoie in France.  Known as one of – if not the – hardest amateur race in Europe, Bain lined up with compatriot Hayden McCormick of the Lotto Belisol U23 team.  The first couple of days saw Bain ride aggressively before lack of food supplies and lack of energy led to him dropping out on stage 2.  It was a great learning curve for him though and the lessons learned in France will be vital for the rest of the season, amongst them being the all-important ‘always take food for before the race!’

 

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By:  Ed Wright

 

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