Sam Crome of IsoWheySports – SwissWellness took the second stage of the New Zealand Cycle Classic, but the overall lead has passed from his teammate Tim Roe to New Zealand’s James Oram.  The National Team rider has not only the overall lead but also the king of the mountains lead after two days. 

It was a bitter sweet stage win for Australian rider Sam Crome (IsoWhey Sports Swiss Wellness) during stage two of the New Zealand Cycle Classic held in the Wairarapa today.  Even though Crome won the race in 3hours 49minutes 02 seconds, it wasn’t enough for his team to retain the yellow jersey.  James Oram finished the stage in second place but claimed the overall yellow jersey. JLT Condor’s Steve Lampier finished the stage in third place overall.

“We got the stage win but it was bitter sweet to lose the yellow jersey,” said Crome after his team mate Tim Roe won it yesterday. “I knew I had to bide my time and attack when I could. I got the stage win for the team but we haven’t got the yellow so we will aim to get that back now. It is what it is. It wasn’t enough, it was unfortunate. But we are still in it.”

Today’s hilly 147km stage of the UCI 2.2 tour is typically held on the penultimate day and is widely regarded as having the prestige to determine the overall tour winner. But for the 30th anniversary of the NZ Cycle Classic it was moved to day two and provided an interesting day out for riders.

Riding in fine and mostly dry conditions, the race quickly saw a trio of riders make a breakaway. The trio included Oram’s team mate Luke Mudgway, Nick Reddish (Oliver’s Real Food Racing) and Dylan Newberry (Team Mobius Future Racing) who at 43km were joined by Morgan Smith (Trust House).  Riding as a quartet they did the hard graft over the first 100 kilometres to secure a substantial lead – at one point they were 3mins 35 seconds ahead of the peloton – and helped get Oram in a good position for the Sprint and King of the Mountain stages. 

 

Sam Crome secures the win in stage 2 of the New Zealand Cycle Classic, photo Dave Lintott / lintottphoto.co.nz

 

At the base of the Admiral Hill and with 5km to go Oram, Crome and Lampier formed a tight trio heading up the hill while an active group including Hamish Bond, Michael Torckler (Blindz Direct) and Stage one winner Tim Roe (IsoWhey) kept the peloton in close contact.  However with 1km to go Crome put down the hammer to take the stage win with Oram coming in seven seconds behind – but it was enough to take for New Zealand to take the yellow jersey.  

“It was pretty hard, I thought yesterday I may have done a bit too much work trying to come across the group at the end, but today I wanted to make this race as hard as possible,” said Oram at the finish line.

“At the end getting away there and bridging across to Luke and staying away to the finish it was a perfect scenario really’ said Oram. “Brad (Evans), Hayden (McCormick) and Hamish (Schreurs) could sit pretty while Hayden showed he’s also [got] good legs. So the rest of the week should be fantastic.”

Oram, who said he would not call himself a “pure” climber, was also thrilled to take the opportunity to grab a few extra points on the King of the Mountain stage and is now looking ahead to the next three days of hard racing.  “Our goals are now to be as aggressive as possible. It would still be nice to come away with a stage win,” he said.

Two-time Olympic champion Hamish Bond, who came off his bike during yesterday’s stage spent last night nursing a sore and swollen shoulder, but he was pleased with his efforts today.  “It was a long way to ride to just go bananas for the last 20km but it was good.  I tried to get a high tempo on the last two hill climbs and was able to then lead the bunch the first 2.5 km up Admiral Hill.  The idea was that Mikey would have some punch sitting on the wheel getting a little bit of draft … trying to do what we did down south at Coronet Peak (Tour of Southland) but those guys who were out in front did really well and rode really hard. The rest of us probably played too many games on the flat.  Quite often the rewards go to the bold and the brave and that’s what happened today.  So it was good.  I tried hard and didn’t fall off so that’s a bonus,” said Bond.

He said his shoulder was feeling better than he anticipated after being looked after by the Tour’s medical team. He is feeling confident about his performance during the rest of the week.  “I can’t see it (shoulder) getting worse throughout the week. Hopefully it will just get better and better.”

He is also looking forward to tomorrow’s stage three of the tour which will be raced between Masterton and the wine village of Martinborough. It includes a fast and furious 8 lap circuit around the town’s vineyards and town square – but Bond admits he’s not sure what to expect.

“I have no idea. I have no idea what I’m doing still that is why I love the hills because all you have to do is pedal hard and it sort of takes all the tactics out of it, you can either go faster or you can’t,” admitted Bond. “You know the flats? I might try something, but I’ll just listen to what Mike tells me. He’s got a lot of experience and it’s a privilege riding with him and for the Blindz [Direct] team. If he tells me to go, I’ll go until I can’t pedal anymore.”

 

Hamish Bond showed little sign of the scars from yesterday’s crash, photo: Dave Lintott / lintottphoto.co.nz
Stage results:
Pos. Rider Team Time

1

Sam Crome IWS 3.49.02

2

James Oram NZL +0.07

3

Steve Lampier JLT +0.25

4

Timothy Roe IWS +0.49

5

Michael Torckler TBD ST

6

Hayden McCormick NZL ST

7

Jack Compton MSC +0.58

8

Brad Evans NZL +1.02

9

Logan Griffin ORF +1.05

10

Alex West SKD ST

11

Ryan Christensen FDN +1.13

12

Leonardo Tortomasi FDN ST

13

Hamish Bond TBD ST

14

Joseph Cooper IWS ST

15

Ollie Jones FMT ST

16

Callum Gordon SKD ST

17

James Fouche MFR ST

18

Jake Marryatt FMT +1.23

19

Benjamin Andrews VDR +1.33

20

Scott Ambrose TNN +1.38

21

Jonathan Mould JLT +1.51

22

Jordan Kerby CIB +1.55

23

Bradley Leitch NCT +2.05

24

Blake Sunde NCT +2.22

25

Hamish Schreurs NZL +2.50

26

Glenn Haden THT +2.53

27

Aden Reynolds MFR +3.03

28

Brent Kurtis CIB +4.10

29

Sam Mobberley TBE +4.28

30

Francesco Bettini FSN ST

31

Cameron Wynniatt TBD ST

32

Joshua Atchen FMT ST

33

Matias Fitzwater NCT ST

34

Matt Zenovich MSC ST

35

Callum Pearce VDR ST

36

Calvin Standrill TBE ST

37

Sam Burston MFR ST

38

Brendan Cole SFT ST

39

Ricardo Marchesini FSN ST

40

Sean Whitfield ORF ST

41

Francesco Mancini FSN ST

42

Ethan Berends MFR +4.38

43

Chris Denholm SKD ST

44

Blair Tremaine WZW +5.08

45

Jack Montgomerie NCT ST

46

Adam White CIB ST

47

Richard Lawson SFT ST

48

Joe Hutchinson WZW +5.21

49

Muhammad Azman TSC ST

50

Nick Woods CIB +5.39

51

Jake Klajnblat MSC +6.03

52

Ryan Thomas ORF +6.23

53

Alex Frame JLT ST

54

Dylan Newberry MFR +6.29

55

Ed Clancy JLT ST

56

Mohammad Abd Halil TSC +6.38

57

Jordan Gilmore TBE +8.19

58

Matthew Webb-Smith THT ST

59

Matthew De Vroet VDR ST

60

Nicholas Reddish ORF +8.34

61

Robert McCarthy JLT +9.42

62

Sofian Bakri Mohd TSC ST

63

Josh Page THT +10.43

64

George Clark WZW +10.52

65

Ben Marshall ORF +11.06

66

Jack Carruthers NCT ST

67

Sean Lake IWS ST

68

Alexander Ray MSC +12.00

69

Samuel Munday TNN +12.05

70

Neil van der Ploeg IWS +12.18

71

Ryan Cavanagh CIB +12.41

72

Luke Mudgway NZL ST

73

Cory Cannings FMT +12.50

74

Jacob Sievwright THT +13.44

75

Akmal Hakim Zakaria TSC +14.10

76

Cullen Browne SFT +15.00

77

Ethan Egglestone VDR +15.20

78

Hamish McHugh-Smith SFT +16.24

79

Muhammad Izat Tolha TSC ST

80

Jack Sowry SKD +17.09

81

Morgan Smith THT +18.35

82

Iven Bennet VDR +18.48

83

Joshua Aldridge TBD +19.15

84

Jason Thomason TBD ST

85

Paul Duynhoven WZW ST

86

Karl Michelin-Beard TBE +19.59

87

Mike McCallum MSC ST

88

Carlos Lopez-Lozano TBE +20.08

89

Blake Tait-Jones FMT +20.29

90

David Nickels TNN +21.11

91

Caleb Aoake TNN ST

92

Ethan Batt SKD +22.25
  Charles Salmon SFT DNF
  Chris Thomas WZW DNF

 

The peleton climbs Langdale Rd during the NZ Cycle Classic stage two, photo: Dave Lintott / lintottphoto.co.nz
General classification after stage 2:
Pos. Rider Team Time

1

James Oram NZL 6.46.41

2

Sam Crome IWS +0.10

3

Steve Lampier JLT +0.12

4

Timothy Roe IWS +0.31

5

Michael Torckler TBD +0.36

6

Hayden McCormick NZL ST

7

Brad Evans NZL +0.49

8

Alex West SKD +0.52

9

Logan Griffin ORF +0.58

10

Joseph Cooper IWS +1.00

11

Ollie Jones FMT +1.06

12

Jake Marryatt FMT +1.16

13

Scott Ambrose TNN +1.25

14

Jack Compton MSC +1.31

15

Jonathan Mould JLT +1.38

16

Ryan Christensen FSN ST

17

Hamish Bond TBD ST

18

James Fouche MFR ST

19

Callum Gordon SKD +1.42

20

Leonardo Tortomasi FSN +1.48

21

Benjamin Andrews VDR +2.00

22

Jordan Kerby CIB +2.04

23

Bradley Leitch NCT +2.32

24

Glenn Haden THT +3.20

25

Blake Sunde NCT +3.35

26

Hamish Schreurs NZL +4.55

27

Brendan Cole SFT +4.59

28

Francesco Mancini FSN +5.01

29

Matt Zenovich MSC +5.28

30

Aden Reynolds MFR +5.32

31

Francesco Bettini FSN +5.47

32

Ricardo Marchesini FSN +5.48

33

Alex Frame JLT +6.10

34

Ryan Thomas ORF +6.24

35

Sean Whitfield ORF +6.33

36

Sam Burston MFR +6.57

37

Sam Mobberley TBE +7.00

38

Matias Fitzwater NCT ST

39

Callum Pearce VDR ST

40

Ethan Berends MFR +7.10

41

Richard Lawson SFT +7.40

42

Ed Clancy JLT +7.42

43

Muhammad Azman TSC +7.53

44

Dylan Newberry MFR +8.34

45

Joe Hutchinson WZW +10.20

46

Sean Lake IWS +10.53

47

Nicholas Reddish ORF +11.06

48

Neil van der Ploeg IWS +12.05

49

George Clark WZW +12.57

50

Luke Mudgway NZL +13.12

51

Ben Marshall ORF +13.38

52

Brent Kurtis CIB +15.00

53

Joshua Atchen FMT +15.11

54

Calvin Standrill TBE +15.18

55

Robert McCarthy JLT +15.55

56

Adam White CIB +15.58

57

Blair Tremaine WZW +16.49

58

Cameron Wynniatt TBD +17.15

59

Mohammad Abd Halil TSC +17.28

60

Chris Denholm SKD +18.16

61

Nick Woods CIB +18.26

62

Jake Klajnblat MSC +18.53

63

Morgan Smith THT +19.08

64

Matthew De Vroet VDR +19.21

65

Matthew Webb-Smith THT +21.04

66

Jordan Gilmore TBE +21.06

67

Ryan Cavanagh CIB +22.24

68

Karl Michelin-Beard TBE +22.31

69

Samuel Munday TNN +22.55

70

Josh Page THT +23.30

71

Iven Bennet VDR +23.40

72

Sofian Bakri Mohd TSC +23.50

73

Jack Carruthers NCT +23.53

74

Ethan Batt SKD +24.57

75

Cory Cannings FMT +25.07

76

Cullen Browne SFT +25.50

77

Alexander Ray MSC +25.58

78

Jacob Sievwright THT +26.31

79

Jack Montgomerie NCT +27.39

80

Jack Sowry SKD +29.54

81

Hamish McHugh-Smith SFT ST

82

Paul Duynhoven WZW +30.05

83

Joshua Aldridge TBD ST

84

Carlos Lopez-Lozano TBE +30.58

85

Akmal Hakim Zakaria TSC +31.23

86

Jason Thomason TBD +32.00

87

Blake Tait-Jones FMT +37.02

88

David Nickels TNN +38.22

89

Ethan Egglestone VDR +41.40

90

Mike McCallum MSC +42.30

91

Muhammad Izat Tolha TSC +42.44

92

Caleb Aoake TNN +47.31

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