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New Zealand Cycle Classic 2012

Date range:
January 25-29, 2012

January 27, Stage 3: Palmerston North 163.5km

Bewley bests two man break

By:
BikeNZ
Published:
January 27, 2012, 5:10 GMT,
Updated:
January 29, 2012, 23:10 GMT

Lapthorne retains overall lead

Sam Bewley (New Zealand) crosses the line first.

Sam Bewley (New Zealand) crosses the line first.

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New Zealand track cycling star Sam Bewley reinforced his road prowess by winning stage 3 of the New Zealand Cycle Classic in Manawatu today.

Bewley, a Beijing Olympic medallist, put his track power to good use as he beat off the challenge from breakaway companion Nick Lovegrove (Subway Pro Cycling) in the sprint for the win.

The leading pair along with Brodie Talbot (Expert Team) managed to break free from the peloton in the first 15 kms of today's stage, which was a 155km loop from Palmerston North, run in the reverse direction from Thursday's stage.

They quickly established themselves in a comfortable lead in the cold and wet conditions, remaining clear for a gruelling 140kms.

"I didn't plan on spending 140kms out the front with only one or two other riders, but it just sort of worked out that way. I thought once I was in there I may as well commit to it," said Bewley.

With the leading trio no threat to the yellow jersey, the peloton gave them a free rein, as they established a seven minute lead, before Talbot was dropped after 80kms.

"I knew once we turned in Apiti (after the hills) I knew it was going to be hard in the wind having only two guys. Even with five guys it would have been a big ask.

"Luckily the guys from Drapac team weren't interested in catching us, with Nick and I both 16 minutes down on general classification which definitely worked in our favour.

"The final 30kms into the wind though was the hardest 30kms I've done in my life.

"I have only been training hard for three or four weeks now, so I knew my condition wasn't going to be that great coming into the race. But today I felt strong enough to ride hard all day so I am happy with that."

The early margin proved costly for the peloton who were unable to reel in the leading pair despite a powerful and frantic push into the strong winds, storming across the line only eight seconds behind Bewley.

The stage result did not affect the overall leaders with Australian Darren Lapthorne (Drapac Professional Cycling) retaining the tour lead. He holds a narrow three second advantage over fellow Australian Jay McCarthy (Jayco -AIS).

Tomorrow's penultimate fourth stage is 111km circuit stage from Palmerston North through Bunnythorpe, Awahou and Ashurst.

Full Results
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Sam Bewley (NZl) New Zealand 3:52:05  
2 Nick Lovegrove (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling    
3 Patrick Bevin (NZl) Hudson Gavin Martin 0:00:07  
4 Oliver Harding-Sheath (NZl) Team Eleven    
5 Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
6 Lee Evans (NZl) Pelorus Real Estate    
7 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS    
8 Henri Bardoul (NZl) Team Massey    
9 Ryan Wills (NZl) Tait Communications    
10 Thomas Palmer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling    
11 Chris Jory (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing    
12 Alex Frame (NZl) Benchmark    
13 Damien Howson (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS    
14 Dan Barry (NZl) Benchmark    
15 Joe Lewis (Aus) RBS Morgans - ATS    
16 Peter Latham (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling    
17 Josh Taylor (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing    
18 Paul Odlin (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling    
19 Aaron Gate (NZl) New Zealand    
20 Ben Robertson (NZl) Tait Communications    
21 Sam Rutherford (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing    
22 James Elvery (Aus) Team Eleven    
23 Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling    
24 Joey Rosskopf (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
25 Brad Tilby (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group    
26 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
27 Dion Smith (NZl) Team Massey    
28 Benjamin Hill (Aus) RBS Morgans - ATS    
29 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
30 Hamish Elley-Brown (NZl) Hudson Gavin Martin    
31 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling    
32 Campbell Flakemore (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
33 Michael Vink (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team    
34 Jeremy Yates (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team    
35 Damien Wright (Aus) Suzuki Trek    
36 Blake Hose (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
37 James Oram (NZl) Team Eleven    
38 Marc Ryan (NZl) New Zealand    
39 Patrick Shaw (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
40 William Lind (Aus) Suzuki Trek    
41 Chris Macic (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group    
42 Brendan Johnston (Aus) Suzuki Trek    
43 Caleb Jones (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing    
44 Darren Rolfe (Aus) Ricoh Team    
45 Sam Horgan (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling    
46 Tim Cameron (Aus) Suzuki Trek    
47 Nick Jowsey (NZl) Hudson Gavin Martin    
48 Ben Dyball (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
49 Darcy Ellerm-Norton (NZl) Tait Communications    
50 Kieran Hambrook (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group    
51 Nicolas Dougal (Aus) RBS Morgans - ATS    
52 Peter Smith (Aus) Hudson Gavin Martin    
53 Matthew Marshall (NZl) Ricoh Team    
54 Matt Wheatcroft (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team    
55 Anthony Chapman (NZl) Tait Communications    
56 Andy Bajc (Slo) Ricoh Team    
57 Sam Lindsay (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group    
58 Westley Gough (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling    
59 Ryan Sissons (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group    
60 Michael Naylor (NZl) Wheelworks Racing    
61 Nick Aitken (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS    
62 Scott Thomas (NZl) Unique Realty 0:00:16  
63 Calvin Watson (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS    
64 Johno Gee (NZl) Unique Realty    
65 Brad Carter (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team    
66 Peter Thompson (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling    
67 Shane Archbold (NZl) New Zealand    
68 Benjamin Johnson (Aus) Expert Team    
69 Joseph Cooper (NZl) Ricoh Team    
70 Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling    
71 Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (Aus) Ricoh Team    
72 Nelson Shaw (NZl) Pelorus Real Estate    
73 Josh Atkins (NZl) Benchmark    
74 Alastair Loutit (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing    
75 James McCoy (NZl) Benchmark    
76 Steve Stannard (NZl) Team Massey    
77 Patrick Lane (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS 0:00:26  
78 Travers Nuttall (Aus) Expert Team 0:00:32  
79 Joshua Aldridge (Aus) Expert Team 0:00:34  
80 Tristan Thomas (NZl) Wheelworks Racing    
81 Andy Hagan (NZl) Wheelworks Racing 0:02:16  
82 James Early (NZl) Tait Communications 0:15:09  
83 Max Annear Henderson (NZl) Team Massey 0:21:19  
84 Andy Mackay (NZl) Unique Realty    
85 Ivan Michelin-Beard (Aus) Suzuki Trek    
86 Chris Symon (NZl) Pelorus Real Estate    
87 Thomas Donald (Aus) Team Eleven    
88 Stuart Houltham (NZl) Wheelworks Racing    
89 Matt Sillars (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team    
90 Matiu Kaihau (NZl) Team Massey    
91 Chris Kendall (NZl) Wheelworks Racing    
92 Myron Simpson (NZl) New Zealand    
93 Lachlan Ambrose (Aus) Expert Team    
94 Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
95 Brodie Talbot (Aus) Expert Team 0:25:23  
DNF Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
DNF Denay Cottam (NZl) Pelorus Real Estate    
DNF Daniel Coombes (NZl) Unique Realty    
DNF Will Bowman (NZl) Benchmark    
DNF Cameron Peterson (Aus) RBS Morgans - ATS    
DNF Johnnie Walker (Aus) RBS Morgans - ATS    
DNS Aidan McKenzie (Aus) Team Eleven    
General Classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 7:38:16  
2 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS 0:00:03  
3 Campbell Flakemore (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers 0:01:14  
4 Patrick Bevin (NZl) Hudson Gavin Martin 0:01:30  
5 Damien Howson (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS 0:01:34  
6 Paul Odlin (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling    
7 Michael Vink (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team    
8 Nick Aitken (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS    
9 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:01:35  
10 Joey Rosskopf (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi 0:01:42  
11 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Team Type 1 - Sanofi 0:01:43  
12 Calvin Watson (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS 0:01:44  
13 Joseph Cooper (NZl) Ricoh Team    
14 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi 0:01:48  
15 Aaron Gate (NZl) New Zealand    
16 Brad Tilby (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group 0:01:53  
17 Darren Rolfe (Aus) Ricoh Team    
18 Dan Barry (NZl) Benchmark 0:01:55  
19 James Oram (NZl) Team Eleven 0:01:57  
20 Sam Horgan (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling 0:02:03  
21 Patrick Shaw (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers 0:02:09  
22 Michael Naylor (NZl) Wheelworks Racing 0:02:24  
23 Sam Bewley (NZl) New Zealand 0:16:00  
24 Marc Ryan (NZl) New Zealand 0:16:19  
25 Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers 0:16:24  
26 Nick Lovegrove (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling 0:16:27  
27 Ben Dyball (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
28 Joe Lewis (Aus) RBS Morgans - ATS 0:16:29  
29 Nicolas Dougal (Aus) RBS Morgans - ATS 0:16:31  
30 Peter Latham (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling 0:16:35  
31 Josh Atkins (NZl) Benchmark 0:16:36  
32 Shane Archbold (NZl) New Zealand 0:16:40  
33 Henri Bardoul (NZl) Team Massey 0:16:41  
34 Jeremy Yates (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team 0:16:42  
35 Benjamin Hill (Aus) RBS Morgans - ATS 0:16:43  
36 Josh Taylor (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing 0:16:44  
37 Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (Aus) Ricoh Team 0:16:46  
38 Thomas Palmer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:16:47  
39 Dion Smith (NZl) Team Massey 0:16:49  
40 Brad Carter (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team 0:16:50  
41 Anthony Chapman (NZl) Tait Communications 0:16:54  
42 Chris Macic (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group 0:16:55  
43 Darcy Ellerm-Norton (NZl) Tait Communications    
44 Blake Hose (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers 0:16:56  
45 Ben Robertson (NZl) Tait Communications 0:16:57  
46 Chris Jory (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing    
47 Westley Gough (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling    
48 Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling    
49 Caleb Jones (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing 0:16:58  
50 Brendan Johnston (Aus) Suzuki Trek    
51 William Lind (Aus) Suzuki Trek 0:16:59  
52 Oliver Harding-Sheath (NZl) Team Eleven 0:17:00  
53 Lee Evans (NZl) Pelorus Real Estate 0:17:01  
54 Matt Wheatcroft (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team 0:17:02  
55 Alastair Loutit (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing 0:17:03  
56 Andy Bajc (Slo) Ricoh Team    
57 Sam Lindsay (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group 0:17:05  
58 Nick Jowsey (NZl) Hudson Gavin Martin 0:17:06  
59 Sam Rutherford (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing 0:17:07  
60 Benjamin Johnson (Aus) Expert Team    
61 Matthew Marshall (NZl) Ricoh Team 0:17:10  
62 Peter Thompson (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling    
63 Ryan Wills (NZl) Tait Communications 0:17:11  
64 Scott Thomas (NZl) Unique Realty 0:17:13  
65 Damien Wright (Aus) Suzuki Trek 0:17:19  
66 Patrick Lane (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS    
67 Steve Stannard (NZl) Team Massey 0:17:20  
68 Tim Cameron (Aus) Suzuki Trek 0:17:22  
69 Kieran Hambrook (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group 0:17:23  
70 Ryan Sissons (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group 0:17:25  
71 Peter Smith (Aus) Hudson Gavin Martin 0:17:28  
72 Hamish Elley-Brown (NZl) Hudson Gavin Martin 0:17:30  
73 Tristan Thomas (NZl) Wheelworks Racing 0:17:31  
74 Travers Nuttall (Aus) Expert Team 0:17:47  
75 Johno Gee (NZl) Unique Realty 0:18:02  
76 Joshua Aldridge (Aus) Expert Team 0:18:09  
77 Andy Hagan (NZl) Wheelworks Racing 0:18:43  
78 Alex Frame (NZl) Benchmark 0:27:35  
79 James Elvery (Aus) Team Eleven 0:28:30  
80 James McCoy (NZl) Benchmark 0:28:36  
81 Nelson Shaw (NZl) Pelorus Real Estate 0:30:38  
82 James Early (NZl) Tait Communications 0:32:07  
83 Myron Simpson (NZl) New Zealand 0:37:53  
84 Stuart Houltham (NZl) Wheelworks Racing 0:38:25  
85 Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi 0:38:27  
86 Ivan Michelin-Beard (Aus) Suzuki Trek 0:38:36  
87 Thomas Donald (Aus) Team Eleven 0:38:43  
88 Brodie Talbot (Aus) Expert Team 0:42:16  
89 Lachlan Ambrose (Aus) Expert Team 0:49:45  
90 Chris Kendall (NZl) Wheelworks Racing 0:50:09  
91 Matt Sillars (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team 0:50:30  
92 Matiu Kaihau (NZl) Team Massey 0:51:17  
93 Max Annear Henderson (NZl) Team Massey 0:51:53  
94 Chris Symon (NZl) Pelorus Real Estate 0:52:05  
95 Andy Mackay (NZl) Unique Realty 0:55:02  
DNF Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
DNF Denay Cottam (NZl) Pelorus Real Estate    
DNF Daniel Coombes (NZl) Unique Realty    
DNF Will Bowman (NZl) Benchmark    
DNF Cameron Peterson (Aus) RBS Morgans - ATS    
DNF Johnnie Walker (Aus) RBS Morgans - ATS    
DNS Aidan McKenzie (Aus) Team Eleven