McCarthy finally wraps up New Zealand Cycle Classic in Palmerston North

Aaron Gate takes the final day sprint, McCarthy sealed yellow.

Aaron Gate takes the final day sprint, McCarthy sealed yellow. (Image credit: Mark Matthews)

Australian talent Jay McCarthy (Jayco-AIS) had the biggest win of his young career today when he took out the New Zealand Cycle Classic in Palmerston North today.

McCarthy was strong enough in the final sprint to beat off rival Darren Lapthorne (Drapac) to seal his overall Tour win, in New Zealand’s only UCI sanctioned road tour.

“I’m very happy to come away with the win. It’s been a great tour,” said McCarthy.

“The team did everything for me. It was a hard day today. Big ups to the New Zealand national team for making it a hard race,” he said.

Kiwi track rider Aaron Gate (Auckland) took out the stage in the sprint after an aggressive day of racing from the BikeNZ national team.

McCarthy, fresh from racing the Tour Down Under, won the second stage of the tour on Thursday but did not take the overall lead until the end of yesterday’s stage, taking a three second buffer into today’s final stage.

Tough winds and an aggressive field made for a spectacular final day of racing.

A brave move by Joseph Cooper (Ricoh) posed a threat to McCarthy’s lead, however his breakaway was covered by Jayco’s Nick Aitken who ensured he did not gain the minute and a half he needed to take the lead.

“I knew there was always going to be pressure today, but it wasn’t just Drapac giving it to us. We had Joe Cooper up the road with 20 kms to go. But it made it a bit easier knowing that I had my teammate Nick Aitken up there.”

The pair were caught with 10 kms to go, forcing a bunch sprint for the line.

Cooper added the King of the Mountain title to his collection, the same title he won at this event last year, while Taupo professional Patrick Bevin took out the sprint jersey classification.

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Full results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Aaron Gate (NZl) New Zealand2:35:00
2Thomas Palmer (Aus) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 1 - Cell 2
3Joe Lewis (Aus) RBS Morgans - ATSRow 2 - Cell 2
4Jay McCarthy (Aus) Team Jayco-AISRow 3 - Cell 2
5Dan Barry (NZl) BenchmarkRow 4 - Cell 2
6Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Team Type 1 - SanofiRow 5 - Cell 2
7Patrick Shaw (Aus) Genesys Wealth AdvisersRow 6 - Cell 2
8Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth AdvisersRow 7 - Cell 2
9Patrick Bevin (NZl) Hudson Gavin MartinRow 8 - Cell 2
10Benjamin Hill (Aus) RBS Morgans - ATSRow 9 - Cell 2
11Shane Archbold (NZl) New ZealandRow 10 - Cell 2
12Sam Rutherford (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson RacingRow 11 - Cell 2
13Campbell Flakemore (Aus) Genesys Wealth AdvisersRow 12 - Cell 2
14Marc Ryan (NZl) New ZealandRow 13 - Cell 2
15Andy Bajc (Slo) Ricoh TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16James Oram (NZl) Team ElevenRow 15 - Cell 2
17Dion Smith (NZl) Team MasseyRow 16 - Cell 2
18Calvin Watson (Aus) Team Jayco-AISRow 17 - Cell 2
19Michael Vink (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Chris Macic (NZl) Armstrong Motor GroupRow 19 - Cell 2
21Nick Aitken (Aus) Team Jayco-AISRow 20 - Cell 2
22Joey Rosskopf (USA) Team Type 1 - SanofiRow 21 - Cell 2
23Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:00:06
24James McCoy (NZl) BenchmarkRow 23 - Cell 2
25Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Team Type 1 - SanofiRow 24 - Cell 2
26Darren Rolfe (Aus) Ricoh TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 26 - Cell 2
28Ben Dyball (Aus) Genesys Wealth AdvisersRow 27 - Cell 2
29Sam Lindsay (NZl) Armstrong Motor GroupRow 28 - Cell 2
30Peter Latham (NZl) Subway Pro CyclingRow 29 - Cell 2
31Myron Simpson (NZl) New ZealandRow 30 - Cell 2
32Brad Tilby (NZl) Armstrong Motor GroupRow 31 - Cell 2
33Kiel Reijnen (USA) Team Type 1 - SanofiRow 32 - Cell 2
34Joseph Cooper (NZl) Ricoh TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Nicolas Dougal (Aus) RBS Morgans - ATSRow 34 - Cell 2
36Henri Bardoul (NZl) Team MasseyRow 35 - Cell 2
37Westley Gough (NZl) Subway Pro CyclingRow 36 - Cell 2
38Alex Frame (NZl) BenchmarkRow 37 - Cell 2
39Sam Bewley (NZl) New ZealandRow 38 - Cell 2
40Patrick Lane (Aus) Team Jayco-AISRow 39 - Cell 2
41Sam Horgan (NZl) Subway Pro CyclingRow 40 - Cell 2
42Michael Naylor (NZl) Wheelworks RacingRow 41 - Cell 2
43Brad Carter (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Kieran Hambrook (NZl) Armstrong Motor GroupRow 43 - Cell 2
45Ryan Wills (NZl) Tait CommunicationsRow 44 - Cell 2
46Jeremy Yates (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Josh Taylor (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson RacingRow 46 - Cell 2
48Brodie Talbot (Aus) Expert TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (Aus) Ricoh TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Ryan Sissons (NZl) Armstrong Motor GroupRow 49 - Cell 2
51Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 50 - Cell 2
52Tim Cameron (Aus) Suzuki TrekRow 51 - Cell 2
53Matt Wheatcroft (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Matthew Marshall (NZl) Ricoh TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Andy Hagan (NZl) Wheelworks RacingRow 54 - Cell 2
56Damien Wright (Aus) Suzuki TrekRow 55 - Cell 2
57Nick Lovegrove (NZl) Subway Pro CyclingRow 56 - Cell 2
58Damien Howson (Aus) Team Jayco-AISRow 57 - Cell 2
59Darcy Ellerm-Norton (NZl) Tait CommunicationsRow 58 - Cell 2
60Paul Odlin (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling0:05:38
61Johno Gee (NZl) Unique Realty0:11:57
62James Elvery (Aus) Team Eleven0:13:05
63Caleb Jones (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson RacingRow 62 - Cell 2
64Oliver Harding-Sheath (NZl) Team ElevenRow 63 - Cell 2
65Hamish Elley-Brown (NZl) Hudson Gavin MartinRow 64 - Cell 2
66Chris Jory (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson RacingRow 65 - Cell 2
67Tristan Thomas (NZl) Wheelworks RacingRow 66 - Cell 2
68Anthony Chapman (NZl) Tait CommunicationsRow 67 - Cell 2
69Peter Thompson (Aus) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 68 - Cell 2
70Blake Hose (Aus) Genesys Wealth AdvisersRow 69 - Cell 2
71Thomas Donald (Aus) Team ElevenRow 70 - Cell 2
72Alastair Loutit (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson RacingRow 71 - Cell 2
73Joshua Aldridge (Aus) Expert Team0:15:15
74Nick Jowsey (NZl) Hudson Gavin MartinRow 73 - Cell 2
75Peter Smith (Aus) Hudson Gavin MartinRow 74 - Cell 2
76Benjamin Johnson (Aus) Expert TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77Scott Thomas (NZl) Unique RealtyRow 76 - Cell 2
78Matt Sillars (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Steve Stannard (NZl) Team MasseyRow 78 - Cell 2
80Lee Evans (NZl) Pelorus Real Estate0:22:45
81Lachlan Ambrose (Aus) Expert TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Matiu Kaihau (NZl) Team MasseyRow 81 - Cell 2
83Chris Symon (NZl) Pelorus Real EstateRow 82 - Cell 2
84Max Annear Henderson (NZl) Team MasseyRow 83 - Cell 2
85Andy Mackay (NZl) Unique RealtyRow 84 - Cell 2
86Travers Nuttall (Aus) Expert TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
87Nelson Shaw (NZl) Pelorus Real Estate0:22:50
88Chris Kendall (NZl) Wheelworks Racing0:24:24
89James Early (NZl) Tait CommunicationsRow 88 - Cell 2
DNFBrendan Johnston (Aus) Suzuki TrekRow 89 - Cell 2
DNFWilliam Lind (Aus) Suzuki TrekRow 90 - Cell 2
DNFIvan Michelin-Beard (Aus) Suzuki TrekRow 91 - Cell 2
DNFJosh Atkins (NZl) BenchmarkRow 92 - Cell 2
DNFStuart Houltham (NZl) Wheelworks RacingRow 93 - Cell 2
DNFBen Robertson (NZl) Tait CommunicationsRow 94 - Cell 2
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General Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jay McCarthy (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS12:32:53
2Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:00:09
3Campbell Flakemore (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:01:17
4Patrick Bevin (NZl) Hudson Gavin Martin0:01:29
5Michael Vink (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team0:01:37
6Nick Aitken (Aus) Team Jayco-AISRow 5 - Cell 2
7Aaron Gate (NZl) New Zealand0:01:41
8Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling0:01:44
9Joey Rosskopf (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi0:01:45
10Calvin Watson (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS0:01:47
11Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Team Type 1 - Sanofi0:01:52
12Joseph Cooper (NZl) Ricoh TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Kiel Reijnen (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi0:01:57
14Dan Barry (NZl) Benchmark0:01:58
15James Oram (NZl) Team Eleven0:02:00
16Brad Tilby (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group0:02:01
17Darren Rolfe (Aus) Ricoh Team0:02:02
18Patrick Shaw (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:02:12
19Sam Horgan (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling0:02:32
20Michael Naylor (NZl) Wheelworks Racing0:02:56
21Damien Howson (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS0:06:55
22Paul Odlin (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling0:07:15
23Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:16:27
24Sam Bewley (NZl) New ZealandRow 23 - Cell 2
25Joe Lewis (Aus) RBS Morgans - ATS0:16:28
26Marc Ryan (NZl) New Zealand0:16:33
27Thomas Palmer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:16:34
28Ben Dyball (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:16:36
29Nicolas Dougal (Aus) RBS Morgans - ATS0:16:39
30Peter Latham (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling0:16:44
31Benjamin Hill (Aus) RBS Morgans - ATS0:16:46
32Henri Bardoul (NZl) Team Massey0:16:50
33Dion Smith (NZl) Team Massey0:16:52
34Andy Bajc (Slo) Ricoh Team0:17:06
35Sam Rutherford (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing0:17:10
36Westley Gough (NZl) Subway Pro CyclingRow 35 - Cell 2
37Sam Lindsay (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group0:17:14
38Brad Carter (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team0:17:22
39Jeremy Yates (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team0:17:47
40Kieran Hambrook (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group0:17:55
41Ryan Wills (NZl) Tait Communications0:18:05
42Patrick Lane (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS0:18:16
43Shane Archbold (NZl) New Zealand0:18:58
44Ryan Sissons (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group0:20:40
45Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:21:36
46Tim Cameron (Aus) Suzuki Trek0:21:47
47Matt Wheatcroft (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team0:22:23
48Matthew Marshall (NZl) Ricoh Team0:22:31
49Damien Wright (Aus) Suzuki Trek0:22:40
50Chris Macic (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group0:23:45
51Andy Hagan (NZl) Wheelworks Racing0:24:04
52Josh Taylor (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing0:24:45
53Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (Aus) Ricoh Team0:25:37
54Alex Frame (NZl) Benchmark0:28:02
55Nick Lovegrove (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling0:28:35
56Darcy Ellerm-Norton (NZl) Tait Communications0:29:03
57Anthony Chapman (NZl) Tait Communications0:30:02
58Chris Jory (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing0:30:05
59Caleb Jones (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing0:30:06
60Oliver Harding-Sheath (NZl) Team Eleven0:30:08
61Alastair Loutit (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing0:30:11
62Peter Thompson (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:30:18
63Hamish Elley-Brown (NZl) Hudson Gavin Martin0:30:38
64Tristan Thomas (NZl) Wheelworks Racing0:30:39
65Johno Gee (NZl) Unique Realty0:32:17
66Nick Jowsey (NZl) Hudson Gavin Martin0:32:24
67Benjamin Johnson (Aus) Expert Team0:32:25
68Peter Smith (Aus) Hudson Gavin Martin0:33:05
69Joshua Aldridge (Aus) Expert Team0:33:27
70Scott Thomas (NZl) Unique Realty0:34:46
71James McCoy (NZl) Benchmark0:35:32
72Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi0:38:30
73Blake Hose (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:40:38
74James Elvery (Aus) Team Eleven0:41:38
75Lee Evans (NZl) Pelorus Real Estate0:42:04
76Steve Stannard (NZl) Team Massey0:43:12
77Myron Simpson (NZl) New Zealand0:44:49
78Travers Nuttall (Aus) Expert Team0:47:22
79Brodie Talbot (Aus) Expert Team0:51:01
80Nelson Shaw (NZl) Pelorus Real Estate1:00:18
81Thomas Donald (Aus) Team Eleven1:02:25
82James Early (NZl) Tait Communications1:03:21
83Matt Sillars (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team1:19:39
84Lachlan Ambrose (Aus) Expert Team1:23:07
85Matiu Kaihau (NZl) Team Massey1:24:39
86Chris Kendall (NZl) Wheelworks Racing1:28:27
87Max Annear Henderson (NZl) Team Massey1:28:31
88Chris Symon (NZl) Pelorus Real Estate1:28:44
89Andy Mackay (NZl) Unique Realty1:31:40
DNFBrendan Johnston (Aus) Suzuki TrekRow 89 - Cell 2
DNFWilliam Lind (Aus) Suzuki TrekRow 90 - Cell 2
DNFIvan Michelin-Beard (Aus) Suzuki TrekRow 91 - Cell 2
DNFJosh Atkins (NZl) BenchmarkRow 92 - Cell 2
DNFStuart Houltham (NZl) Wheelworks RacingRow 93 - Cell 2
DNFBen Robertson (NZl) Tait CommunicationsRow 94 - Cell 2


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