Wild weather today had a huge bearing on stage four of the New Zealand Cycle Classic held in the Wairarapa today.  Not only did it result in a new tour leader emerging, in the shape of recently crowned New Zealand Road Cycle Champion Joseph Cooper (IsoWhey Sports Wellness Australia); but it also saw JLT Condor claim their second stage win in as many days with a blistering sprint to the finish by Jonathan Mould and six riders DNF.

 

Today’s 142km stage four of the Cycle Classic began in Masterton and headed south down SH2 through Carterton, Greytown and Featherston before heading around Lake Wairarapa back to the wine village of Martinborough. Coined “The Five Towns” it was a new addition to the Tour as part of its 30th Anniversary.

 

 

The race began in drizzly conditions from Masterton, but the weather quickly deteriorated and saw riders huddle together in a tight group. Even though there was lots of action in the peloton with several riders trying to establish a break, there was no success until JLT’s Jonathon Mould made a breakaway about 40 minutes in whilst heading down Western Lake Road in South Wairarapa. Mould established a 51 second lead on the group, but was caught on the East West Access Road by Jordan Kerby, Logan Griffin and Ollie Jones.

 

At this point, horizontal rain and fierce cross winds saw riders get blown across the road and four riders abandoned the race. The peloton also fractured several times.  By the time the riders turned into Lake Ferry Road heading north to Martinborough, the rain eased off and two groups – one including Blindz Direct’s Hamish Bond, emerged in front riding powerfully through the town square. At the 100km mark, the two groups merged to become a lead group of nine riders which were driven forward largely by Cooper.

 

On the return loop back into Martinborough and with 20km to go Cooper, teammate Neil Van der Ploeg, Robert McCarty, Mould, Kerby, Griffin, Jones and Bond raced powerfully and were 1m 13 seconds ahead of the group which included New Zealand team member James Oram, in the yellow jersey. As the time gap dropped to under one minute, New Zealand put the pressure on the peloton but the lead group put down the hammer and split into two groups with Cooper, Mould and Kerby roaring off like a freight train to the finish line. McCarty and Bond finished fourth and fifth place respectively 34 seconds down on the winner while Griffin was two seconds behind. The rest of the field followed in dribs and drabs with the main peloton a staggering 19min 40 seconds down on the leaders.

 

The peleton rides round the Western Access road round Lake Wairarapa during stage four of the NZ Cycle Classic, photo: Dave Lintott / lintottphoto.co.nz

 

Mould was thrilled to take the stage win and said he thrived in the wild weather.  “It’s my favourite bit to be honest, the wind.  It feels nice to get stuck in like that and then finish it off with the sprint. I just gave everything I had left and got the stage win so I am really happy,” said Mould. “They are probably some of the strongest winds I’ve ridden in. You get some in Holland on the coast but these were impressive. It was a tough one here today.”

 

Even though Mould rode aggressively the entire race today, he was quick to pay tribute to his team mates including McCarty and Kiwi Alex Frame, the latter who won yesterday’s stage.

 

Frame echoed his sentiment.  “It was good it was hard and really windy at the start and with the small roads and the rain it didn’t really settle down for about 80km and then everyone chilled out for a bit. Then it was on. In fact it was on all day with the wind,” said Frame. “We got our Welshman up the road and he was going really well and we just backed him. Me and Steve were in the other group and just trusted he would get the job done and he did.”

 

On being presented the yellow jersey, Cooper was full of humour. He gave a huge shout out to the Cervelo bikes he had ridden on and thanked team mate Van der Ploeg, whom he described as “waving his arms about” while racing. Cooper said he would now ride to defend the yellow jersey.  “We are here to win, that’s our plan.”

 

The New Zealand Cycle Classic, the only Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) sanctioned race to be held in New Zealand in 2017, concludes tomorrow with the fifth and final 120km stage. This involves 12 laps of a 10km circuit on the outskirts of Masterton.

 

JLT have already thrown down the gauntlet and are determined to make it three stage wins in a row.  “We want to get another win for Alex Frame he’s fast, or even Ed Clancy,” said Mould. “We definitely want to crack on and keep winning.”

 

The lead group passes through Martinborough, photo: Dave Lintott / lintottphoto.co.nz

 

Stage results:

Pos.

Rider/Nation/Team Time

1

Jonathan MOULD (GBR) JLT 3:05:57 (45.98 km/h)

2

Jordan KERBY (AUS) CIB ST

3

Joseph COOPER (NZL) IWS ST

4

Robert MCCARTY (GBR) JLT 00:34

5

Hamish BOND (NZL) TBD ST

6

Logan GRIFFIN (NZL) ORF 00:38

7

Alex FRAME (NZL) JLT 01:35

8

Sam CROME (AUS) IWS 01:37

9

Steve LAMPIER (GBR) JLT ST

10

Ryan CHRISTENSEN (NZL) FSN ST

11

James FOUCHE (NZL) MFR ST

12

Tim ROE (AUS) IWS ST

13

Alex WEST (NZL) SKD ST

14

James ORAM (NZL) NZL ST

15

Hayden MCCORMICK (NZL) NZL ST

16

Sean WHITFIELD (AUS) ORF ST

17

Scott AMBROSE (NZL) TNN ST

18

Michael TORCKLER (NZL) TBD 01:40

19

Neil VAN DER PLOEG (AUS) IWS 02:01

20

Ollie JONES (NZL) FMT 02:27

21

Luke MUDGWAY (NZL) NZL ST

22

Dylan NEWBERY (AUS) MFR 04:28

23

Mathew ZENOVICH (NZL) MSC 05:16

24

Jake MARRYATT (NZL) FMT ST

25

Ryan THOMAS (AUS) ORF ST

26

Brad EVANS (NZL) NZL 14:43

27

Ethan BERENDS (AUS) MFR 18:45

28

Blair TREMAINE (NZL) WZW 19:40

29

Glenn HADEN (NZL) THT ST

30

Jack COMPTON (NZL) MSC ST

31

Benjamin ANDREWS (AUS) VDR ST

32

Paul DUYNHOVEN (NZL) WZW ST

33

Brendan COLE (AUS) SFT ST

34

Jordan GILMORE (NZL) TBE ST

35

George CLARK (GBR) WZW ST

36

Sofian Bakri MOHD (MAS) TSC ST

37

Callum PEARCE (AUS) VDR ST

38

Joe HUTCHINSON (NZL) WZW ST

39

Francesco BETTINI (ITA) FSN ST

40

Akmal Hakim ZAKARIA (COL) TSC ST

41

Sam MOBBERLEY (AUS) TBE ST

42

Matias FITZWATER (NZL) NCT ST

43

Nicholas REDDISH (NZL) ORF ST

44

Cullen BROWNE (NZL) SFT ST

45

Leonardo TORTOMASI (ITA) FSN ST

46

Muhammad Izat TOLHA (MAS) TSC ST

47

Sam BURSTON (AUS) MFR ST

48

Ricardo MARCHESINI (ITA) FSN ST

49

Mohammad ABD HALIL (COL) TSC ST

50

Samuel MUNDAY (AUS) TNN ST

51

Jack SOWRY (NZL) SKD ST

52

Calvin STANDRILL (NZL) TBE ST

53

Karl MICHELIN-BEARD (AUS) TBE ST

54

Morgan SMITH (NZL) THT ST

55

Joshua ATCHEN (NZL) FMT ST

56

Ben MARSHALL (AUS) ORF ST

57

Matthew DE VROET (AUS) VDR ST

58

Aden REYNOLDS (AUS) MFR ST

59

Black SUNDE (NZL) NCT ST

60

David NICKELS (AUS) TNN ST

61

Matt WEBB-SMITH (NZL) THT ST

62

Sean LAKE (AUS) IWS ST

63

Chris DENHOLM (NZL) SKD ST

64

Bradley LEITCH (NZL) NCT ST

65

Nick WOODS (AUS) CIB ST

66

Alexander RAY (NZL) MSC ST

67

Jake KLAJNBLAT (AUS) MSC ST

68

Adam WHITE (AUS) CIB ST

69

Jack MONTGOMERIE (NZL) NCT ST

70

Joshua ALDRIDGE (NZL) TBD ST

71

Iven BENNET (AUS) VDR ST

72

Carlos LOPEZ-LOZANO (NZL) TBE ST

73

Jason THOMASON (NZL) TBD ST

74

Muhammad AZMAN (MAS) TSC ST

75

Hamish SCHREURS (NZL) NZL ST

76

Ed CLANCY (GBR) JLT ST

77

Jack CARRUTHERS (NZL) NCT ST

78

Richard LAWSON (NZL) SFT ST

79

Josh PAGE (NZL) THT ST

80

Francesco MANCINI (ITA) FSN 19:49

81

Cameron WYNNIATT (NZL) TBD 24:10

82

Mike MCCALLUM (NZL) MSC ST

83

Callum GORDON (NZL) SKD ST

84

Caleb AOAKE (NZL) TNN ST

85

Ryan CAVANAGH (AUS) CIB DNF

86

Kurtis BRENT (AUS) CIB DNF

87

Ethan EGGLESTONE (AUS) VDR DNF

88

Jacob SIEVWRIGHT (NZL) THT DNF

89

Blake TAIT-JONES (NZL) FMT DNF

90

Cory CANNINGS (NZL) FMT DNF

 

The peleton passes through Greytown during stage four , photo: Dave Lintott / lintottphoto.co.nz
 
General classification after stage 4:

Pos.

Rider/Nation/Team Time

1

Joseph COOPER (NZL) IWS 12:40:56

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

Hayden MCCORMICK (NZL) NZL 01:13

11

Michael TORCKLER (NZL) TBD 01:16

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 02:33

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 11:12

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 15:38

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

Black SUNDE (NZL) NCT 22:15

33

Hamish SCHREURS (NZL) NZL 23:35

34

Brendan COLE (AUS) SFT 23:39

35

Francesco MANCINI (ITA) FSN 23:50

36

Aden REYNOLDS (AUS) MFR 24:12

37

Francesco BETTINI (ITA) FSN 24:27

38

Ricardo MARCHESINI (ITA) FSN 24:28

39

Callum GORDON (NZL) SKD 24:52

40

Ethan BERENDS (AUS) MFR 24:55

41

Sam BURSTON (AUS) MFR 25:37

42

Callum PEARCE (AUS) VDR 25:40

43

Matias FITZWATER (NZL) NCT ST

44

Sam MOBBERLEY (AUS) TBE ST

45

Ed CLANCY (GBR) JLT 26:22

46

Richard LAWSON (NZL) SFT 26:29

47

Muhammad AZMAN (MAS) TSC 26:33

48

Joe HUTCHINSON (NZL) WZW 29:00

49

Sean LAKE (AUS) IWS 29:33

50

Nicholas REDDISH (NZL) ORF 29:46

51

George CLARK (GBR) WZW 31:37

52

Calvin STANDRILL (NZL) TBE 33:58

53

Adam WHITE (AUS) CIB 34:47

54

Joshua ATCHEN (NZL) FMT 35:19

55

Blair TREMAINE (NZL) WZW 35:29

56

Mohammad ABD HALIL (COL) TSC 36:08

57

Ben MARSHALL (AUS) ORF 37:10

58

Morgan SMITH (NZL) THT 37:57

59

Nick WOODS (AUS) CIB 39:39

60

Matt WEBB-SMITH (NZL) THT 39:44

61

Jordan GILMORE (NZL) TBE 39:46

62

Cameron WYNNIATT (NZL) TBD 40:34

63

Karl MICHELIN-BEARD (AUS) TBE 41:11

64

Samuel MUNDAY (AUS) TNN 41:35

65

Iven BENNET (AUS) VDR 42:20

66

Sofian Bakri MOHD (MAS) TSC 42:30

67

Jack CARRUTHERS (NZL) NCT 42:42

68

Chris DENHOLM (NZL) SKD 42:50

69

Jake KLAJNBLAT (AUS) MSC 43:49

70

Matthew DE VROET (AUS) VDR 43:55

71

Cullen BROWNE (NZL) SFT 44:30

72

Alexander RAY (NZL) MSC 44:38

73

Josh PAGE (NZL) THT 45:52

74

Jack SOWRY (NZL) SKD 48:34

75

Joshua ALDRIDGE (NZL) TBD 48:54

76

Akmal Hakim ZAKARIA (COL) TSC 50:03

77

Carlos LOPEZ-LOZANO (NZL) TBE 51:06

78

Jack MONTGOMERIE (NZL) NCT 52:13

79

Paul DUYNHOVEN (NZL) WZW 54:37

80

Jason THOMASON (NZL) TBD 56:19

81

Muhammad Izat TOLHA (MAS) TSC 1:01:24

82

David NICKELS (AUS) TNN 1:03:11

83

Mike MCCALLUM (NZL) MSC 1:11:34

84

Caleb AOAKE (NZL) TNN 1:16:50

85

Ryan CAVANAGH (AUS) CIB DNF

86

Kurtis BRENT (AUS) CIB DNF

87

Ethan EGGLESTONE (AUS) VDR DNF

88

Jacob SIEVWRIGHT (NZL) THT DNF

89

Blake TAIT-JONES (NZL) FMT DNF

90

Cory CANNINGS (NZL) FMT DNF

 

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