Matt Zenovich (Transport Engineering VeloSouth) was an impressive winner in the men’s 134 kilometre race at the Armstrong Prestige Dunedin Classic, dropping last year’s Calder Stewart Series joint Under 23 and elite men’s winner Jake Marryatt (Black Max Performance) in the final stages of the 14 kilometre climb to win in three hours and 18 minutes.
“I felt good and taking the win was great and it’s even better that I raced for a team based from Invercargill,” Zenovich said.
“The day was really about teaching our young squad how to race like a team and we held back until we really needed too and then they executed things perfectly so I’m proud that they have learnt something and I’m extremely happy to take the win to reward the hard work the boys did.”
The key moment in the men’s race was on the last lap up the small climb on the 30 kilometre circuit the elite men did four times before tacking thy climb up Lee Stream Valley. “The team lit it up over the hill and a small group of us got across the gap to the break which set us up perfectly for a head start on the climb.”
Zenovich is hopeful his race programme with his Australian St George Continental Cycling Team will allow him to race the next round and defend the leader’s jersey.
Marryatt claimed the Under 23 leader’s jersey and Team Skoda Racing’s Ari Scott won the Under 19 jersey finishing fifth after a tight fight for final placings with Kees Duyvesteyn (NZ Cycling Project Ricoh) and Paul Odlin (PKF Waterproofing Concepts), who claimed third, just 15 seconds after Marryatt.
Rowlands lives up to favourite status
Wellington’s Davis Rowlands (Christchurch Mitsubishi) took overall line honours in the master’s race that features three age group classifications, riding away from Blair Martin in the final stages to win in two hours and forty one minutes. Nelson’s Warrick Spence (Freshchoice Richmond Pomeroys) was third almost two minutes behind Rowlands and Martin.
“It was good to win and the team decided to attack more to force a favourable split or faster race,” Rowlands said. “The team rode well to repeatedly attack and counter attack so it was good positive racing. Blair Martin climbed very well and the defining moment was holding Blair’s wheel up [the] second steep pinch.”
Rowlands, who is on the comeback trail from a fractured rib, said he was keen for a hard race to push up his form.
Martin (Cycle World Emersons) will wear the masters 35 to 44 jersey in the next round while his team mate Chris Latta was the first over 50s rider home, finishing eighth just under four minutes behind Rowlands who claimed the 45 to 49 leaders jersey.