Scotland’s Mark Stewart transforms COVID-19 stay into New Zealand Cycle Classic win

Mark Stewart on the podium at the 2022 New Zealand Cycle Classic
(Image credit: New Zealand Cycle Classic/Facebook)

Scotland’s Mark Stewart has won the first UCI categorised stage race of 2022, taking the yellow jersey at the New Zealand Cycle Classic after he and his Bolton Equities Black Spoke teammates dominated the five days of racing around Wellington and the North Island.  

The Black Spoke team took control of the race by winning the opening team time trial by 22 seconds, before Stewart won stage four on the steep Te Wharau Hill finish and teammate Regan Gough won the final circuit stage around the capital. 

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.