Bewley bests two man break

Lapthorne retains overall lead

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) TeamResult
1Sam Bewley (NZl) New Zealand3:52:05 
2Nick Lovegrove (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling  
3Patrick Bevin (NZl) Hudson Gavin Martin0:00:07 
4Oliver Harding-Sheath (NZl) Team Eleven  
5Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
6Lee Evans (NZl) Pelorus Real Estate  
7Jay McCarthy (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS  
8Henri Bardoul (NZl) Team Massey  
9Ryan Wills (NZl) Tait Communications  
10Thomas Palmer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
11Chris Jory (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing  
12Alex Frame (NZl) Benchmark  
13Damien Howson (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS  
14Dan Barry (NZl) Benchmark  
15Joe Lewis (Aus) RBS Morgans - ATS  
16Peter Latham (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling  
17Josh Taylor (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing  
18Paul Odlin (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling  
19Aaron Gate (NZl) New Zealand  
20Ben Robertson (NZl) Tait Communications  
21Sam Rutherford (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing  
22James Elvery (Aus) Team Eleven  
23Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
24Joey Rosskopf (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
25Brad Tilby (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group  
26Kiel Reijnen (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
27Dion Smith (NZl) Team Massey  
28Benjamin Hill (Aus) RBS Morgans - ATS  
29Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
30Hamish Elley-Brown (NZl) Hudson Gavin Martin  
31Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling  
32Campbell Flakemore (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
33Michael Vink (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team  
34Jeremy Yates (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team  
35Damien Wright (Aus) Suzuki Trek  
36Blake Hose (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
37James Oram (NZl) Team Eleven  
38Marc Ryan (NZl) New Zealand  
39Patrick Shaw (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
40William Lind (Aus) Suzuki Trek  
41Chris Macic (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group  
42Brendan Johnston (Aus) Suzuki Trek  
43Caleb Jones (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing  
44Darren Rolfe (Aus) Ricoh Team  
45Sam Horgan (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling  
46Tim Cameron (Aus) Suzuki Trek  
47Nick Jowsey (NZl) Hudson Gavin Martin  
48Ben Dyball (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
49Darcy Ellerm-Norton (NZl) Tait Communications  
50Kieran Hambrook (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group  
51Nicolas Dougal (Aus) RBS Morgans - ATS  
52Peter Smith (Aus) Hudson Gavin Martin  
53Matthew Marshall (NZl) Ricoh Team  
54Matt Wheatcroft (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team  
55Anthony Chapman (NZl) Tait Communications  
56Andy Bajc (Slo) Ricoh Team  
57Sam Lindsay (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group  
58Westley Gough (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling  
59Ryan Sissons (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group  
60Michael Naylor (NZl) Wheelworks Racing  
61Nick Aitken (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS  
62Scott Thomas (NZl) Unique Realty0:00:16 
63Calvin Watson (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS  
64Johno Gee (NZl) Unique Realty  
65Brad Carter (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team  
66Peter Thompson (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
67Shane Archbold (NZl) New Zealand  
68Benjamin Johnson (Aus) Expert Team  
69Joseph Cooper (NZl) Ricoh Team  
70Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
71Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (Aus) Ricoh Team  
72Nelson Shaw (NZl) Pelorus Real Estate  
73Josh Atkins (NZl) Benchmark  
74Alastair Loutit (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing  
75James McCoy (NZl) Benchmark  
76Steve Stannard (NZl) Team Massey  
77Patrick Lane (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS0:00:26 
78Travers Nuttall (Aus) Expert Team0:00:32 
79Joshua Aldridge (Aus) Expert Team0:00:34 
80Tristan Thomas (NZl) Wheelworks Racing  
81Andy Hagan (NZl) Wheelworks Racing0:02:16 
82James Early (NZl) Tait Communications0:15:09 
83Max Annear Henderson (NZl) Team Massey0:21:19 
84Andy Mackay (NZl) Unique Realty  
85Ivan Michelin-Beard (Aus) Suzuki Trek  
86Chris Symon (NZl) Pelorus Real Estate  
87Thomas Donald (Aus) Team Eleven  
88Stuart Houltham (NZl) Wheelworks Racing  
89Matt Sillars (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team  
90Matiu Kaihau (NZl) Team Massey  
91Chris Kendall (NZl) Wheelworks Racing  
92Myron Simpson (NZl) New Zealand  
93Lachlan Ambrose (Aus) Expert Team  
94Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
95Brodie Talbot (Aus) Expert Team0:25:23 
DNFFabio Calabria (Aus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
DNFDenay Cottam (NZl) Pelorus Real Estate  
DNFDaniel Coombes (NZl) Unique Realty  
DNFWill Bowman (NZl) Benchmark  
DNFCameron Peterson (Aus) RBS Morgans - ATS  
DNFJohnnie Walker (Aus) RBS Morgans - ATS  
DNSAidan McKenzie (Aus) Team Eleven  
General Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling7:38:16 
2Jay McCarthy (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS0:00:03 
3Campbell Flakemore (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:01:14 
4Patrick Bevin (NZl) Hudson Gavin Martin0:01:30 
5Damien Howson (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS0:01:34 
6Paul Odlin (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling  
7Michael Vink (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team  
8Nick Aitken (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS  
9Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling0:01:35 
10Joey Rosskopf (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi0:01:42 
11Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Team Type 1 - Sanofi0:01:43 
12Calvin Watson (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS0:01:44 
13Joseph Cooper (NZl) Ricoh Team  
14Kiel Reijnen (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi0:01:48 
15Aaron Gate (NZl) New Zealand  
16Brad Tilby (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group0:01:53 
17Darren Rolfe (Aus) Ricoh Team  
18Dan Barry (NZl) Benchmark0:01:55 
19James Oram (NZl) Team Eleven0:01:57 
20Sam Horgan (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling0:02:03 
21Patrick Shaw (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:02:09 
22Michael Naylor (NZl) Wheelworks Racing0:02:24 
23Sam Bewley (NZl) New Zealand0:16:00 
24Marc Ryan (NZl) New Zealand0:16:19 
25Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:16:24 
26Nick Lovegrove (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling0:16:27 
27Ben Dyball (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
28Joe Lewis (Aus) RBS Morgans - ATS0:16:29 
29Nicolas Dougal (Aus) RBS Morgans - ATS0:16:31 
30Peter Latham (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling0:16:35 
31Josh Atkins (NZl) Benchmark0:16:36 
32Shane Archbold (NZl) New Zealand0:16:40 
33Henri Bardoul (NZl) Team Massey0:16:41 
34Jeremy Yates (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team0:16:42 
35Benjamin Hill (Aus) RBS Morgans - ATS0:16:43 
36Josh Taylor (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing0:16:44 
37Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (Aus) Ricoh Team0:16:46 
38Thomas Palmer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:16:47 
39Dion Smith (NZl) Team Massey0:16:49 
40Brad Carter (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team0:16:50 
41Anthony Chapman (NZl) Tait Communications0:16:54 
42Chris Macic (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group0:16:55 
43Darcy Ellerm-Norton (NZl) Tait Communications  
44Blake Hose (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:16:56 
45Ben Robertson (NZl) Tait Communications0:16:57 
46Chris Jory (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing  
47Westley Gough (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling  
48Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
49Caleb Jones (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing0:16:58 
50Brendan Johnston (Aus) Suzuki Trek  
51William Lind (Aus) Suzuki Trek0:16:59 
52Oliver Harding-Sheath (NZl) Team Eleven0:17:00 
53Lee Evans (NZl) Pelorus Real Estate0:17:01 
54Matt Wheatcroft (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team0:17:02 
55Alastair Loutit (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing0:17:03 
56Andy Bajc (Slo) Ricoh Team  
57Sam Lindsay (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group0:17:05 
58Nick Jowsey (NZl) Hudson Gavin Martin0:17:06 
59Sam Rutherford (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing0:17:07 
60Benjamin Johnson (Aus) Expert Team  
61Matthew Marshall (NZl) Ricoh Team0:17:10 
62Peter Thompson (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
63Ryan Wills (NZl) Tait Communications0:17:11 
64Scott Thomas (NZl) Unique Realty0:17:13 
65Damien Wright (Aus) Suzuki Trek0:17:19 
66Patrick Lane (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS  
67Steve Stannard (NZl) Team Massey0:17:20 
68Tim Cameron (Aus) Suzuki Trek0:17:22 
69Kieran Hambrook (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group0:17:23 
70Ryan Sissons (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group0:17:25 
71Peter Smith (Aus) Hudson Gavin Martin0:17:28 
72Hamish Elley-Brown (NZl) Hudson Gavin Martin0:17:30 
73Tristan Thomas (NZl) Wheelworks Racing0:17:31 
74Travers Nuttall (Aus) Expert Team0:17:47 
75Johno Gee (NZl) Unique Realty0:18:02 
76Joshua Aldridge (Aus) Expert Team0:18:09 
77Andy Hagan (NZl) Wheelworks Racing0:18:43 
78Alex Frame (NZl) Benchmark0:27:35 
79James Elvery (Aus) Team Eleven0:28:30 
80James McCoy (NZl) Benchmark0:28:36 
81Nelson Shaw (NZl) Pelorus Real Estate0:30:38 
82James Early (NZl) Tait Communications0:32:07 
83Myron Simpson (NZl) New Zealand0:37:53 
84Stuart Houltham (NZl) Wheelworks Racing0:38:25 
85Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi0:38:27 
86Ivan Michelin-Beard (Aus) Suzuki Trek0:38:36 
87Thomas Donald (Aus) Team Eleven0:38:43 
88Brodie Talbot (Aus) Expert Team0:42:16 
89Lachlan Ambrose (Aus) Expert Team0:49:45 
90Chris Kendall (NZl) Wheelworks Racing0:50:09 
91Matt Sillars (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team0:50:30 
92Matiu Kaihau (NZl) Team Massey0:51:17 
93Max Annear Henderson (NZl) Team Massey0:51:53 
94Chris Symon (NZl) Pelorus Real Estate0:52:05 
95Andy Mackay (NZl) Unique Realty0:55:02 
DNFFabio Calabria (Aus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
DNFDenay Cottam (NZl) Pelorus Real Estate  
DNFDaniel Coombes (NZl) Unique Realty  
DNFWill Bowman (NZl) Benchmark  
DNFCameron Peterson (Aus) RBS Morgans - ATS  
DNFJohnnie Walker (Aus) RBS Morgans - ATS  
DNSAidan McKenzie (Aus) Team Eleven  
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