Gough goes all out in finale

Bennet backs himself and takes overall

Australian Nathan Earle (Genesys Health) was denied his fourth stage win by Subway Pro Cycling's Westley Gough who won the final stage of the International Trust House Cycle Classic yesterday in Wellington.

Gough was in the stage-winning break in the tour's final stage, a criterium raced in Wellington's inner city streets, with Earle, Lachlan Norris (Drapac) and Patrick Lane (Jayco AIS).

"My goal was to stay near the front and go with any moves that looked dangerous," Gough said. "Once I got in the winning break we worked well together and just kept the pressure on and with four laps to go I was trying to decide whether to go solo or take the gamble of a sprint finish."

Gough took the gamble of waiting for the sprint, and coming into the final corner came past the three riders to win the stage in just over an hour.

"I wondered whether I would have the sprint legs and actually quite surprised myself to get over them for the win - I'm really pleased, and after a disappointing start (to the tour) it's a great way for the team to finish," he added.

"It was hard and fast right from the start and the boys were on the front looking for opportunities and Wes was just in amazing form today," said Subway Pro Cycling manager Graeme Miller.

"Once Wes was in the front group we had Paul (Odlin) and Pete (Latham) policing things in the chase group. We totally dominated on a day that really suited our strengths and showed what we could do."

Nelson rider George Bennet (Cardno) held on to take the overall title and will depart New Zealand shortly to race overseas for the Trek-Livestrong Under 23 team.

1Westley Gough (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling1:03:16 
2Nathan Earle (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:00:01 
3Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
4Patrick Lane (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS  
5Paul Odlin (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling0:00:31 
6Adam Semple (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:00:32 
7Reuben Donati (Aus) Trust House0:00:34 
8Aaron Gate (NZl) New Zealand National Team0:00:36 
9Ben Hill (Aus) Suzuki Cycling Team  
10Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
11Scott Lyttle (NZl) PureBlack Racing0:00:37 
12Phil Grenfell (Aus) Bikebug.com  
13Silas Cullen (NZl) Tait Communications0:00:44 
14George Bennet (NZl) Cardno Team0:00:47 
15Malcolm Rudolph (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS  
16Nick Aitken (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS  
17Richard Lang (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS0:00:48 
18Jason Christie (NZl) New Zealand National Team  
19Jason Allen (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling0:00:50 
20Peter Latham (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling  
21James Williamson (NZl) PureBlack Racing  
22Glen Chadwick (NZl) PureBlack Racing0:00:51 
23Justin Kerr (NZl) Cardno Team0:00:54 
24Tim Gudsell (NZl) PureBlack Racing  
25Mike Northey (NZl) PureBlack Racing  
DNFJoseph Cooper (NZl) Mico Revolution Racing  
DNFAlex Meenhorst (NZl) Cardno Team  
DNFSteele Von Hoff (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
DNFJay McCarthy (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS  
DNFAndrew Hagan (NZl) Wheelworks Racing  
DNFRyan Obst (Aus) zeroMYcarbon.com  
DNFThomas Scully (NZl) Orbea Team  
DNFBenjamin Olesen (NZl) Orbea Team  
DNFSam Rutherford (Aus) Bikebug.com  
DNFGeoff Straub (Aus) Bikebug.com  
DNFScott Mullaly (NZl) Orbea Team  
DNFShane Archbold (NZl) New Zealand National Team  
DNFCameron Karwowski (NZl) New Zealand National Team  
DNFMichael Baker (Aus) Suzuki Cycling Team  
DNFKarl Murray (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group  
DNFMichael Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
DNFMathew Marshall (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
DNFChris Jory (Aus) Bikebug.com  
DNFHamish Tomlinson (NZl) zeroMYcarbon.com  
DNFMatthew Talbot (NZl) R+R Team  
DNFFraser Bermingham (NZl) Orbea Team  
DNFMichael Naylor (NZl) Wheelworks Racing  
DNFDaniel Coombes (NZl) Wheelworks Racing  
DNFLogan Somers-Edgar (NZl) zeroMYcarbon.com  
DNFMathew Gorter (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling  
DNFBrad Carter (NZl) Mico Revolution Racing  
DNFDylan Wallis (Aus) Trust House  
DNFWade Mangham (NZl) Cardno Team  
DNFTom David (NZl) Cardno Team  
DNFLouis Wright (NZl) Mico Revolution Racing  
DNFMichael Vink (NZl) R+R Team  
DNFNathan Tuck (NZl) R+R Team  
DNFStephen Bomball (Aus) Suzuki Cycling Team  
DNFMarc Williams (Aus) Suzuki Cycling Team  
DNFGreg Taylor (NZl) Wheelworks Racing  
DNFAidan McKenzie (Aus) Trust House  
DNFJonathan Lovelock (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
DNFRyan Sissons (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group  
DNFAlex Malone (Aus) Bikebug.com  
DNFDarcy Ellerm-Norton (NZl) zeroMYcarbon.com  
DNFJames Early (NZl) R+R Team  
DNFMatthew Sillars (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group  
DNFOliver Harding-Sheath (NZl) Tait Communications  
Final general classification
1George Bennet (NZl) Cardno Team  
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