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Wood takes lead in New Zealand

By Susan Westemeyer

Oenone Wood won the second stage of the Tour of New Zealand Thursday to take the leader's jersey in the race. After 94 kilometres from Martinborough to Masterton, the Australian champion out-sprinted Lorian Graham (Vrienden Van Het Platteland) and Miho Oki (Menikini - Selle Italia). In Wednesday's first stage, Wood finished second behind Equipe Nürnberger's Suzanne de Goede.

The Tour of New Zealand has six stages and ends with a 40 km-criterium in Wellington on Sunday, but the race is expected to be decided by Saturday's time trial of seven kilometres, also in Wellington.