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Vennell storms to time trial win

By Tim Pawson

Hawkes Bay-based professional Jeremy Vennell won the elite men's New Zealand National Championship in the individual time trial championship in Te Awamutu. Known more for his stage race riding capabilities, the Bissell team rider showed the improvements he has made against the clock this year and will wear the fern for the next 12 months in time trial events around the globe.

Chasing him home were past Olympians Robin Reid and Veteran Chris Nicholson, both riding for the Nelson based Star and Garter Wheelers outfit and fast becoming one of the strongest club teams in the country.

Unfortunately for time trial strongman Gordon McCauley, sickness got the better of him on the day. A stomach virus robbed the Commonwealth medallist of his opportunity although he is looking for a comeback in time for Sunday's road race championship.