Fouché goes solo to take New Zealand title

James Fouche (Team Wiggins Le Col) wins the New Zealand national title

James Fouche (Team Wiggins Le Col) wins the New Zealand national title (Image credit: John Cowpland/Cycling New Zealand)

Twenty-year-old James Fouché (Team Wiggins Le Col) stole the show to pull on the New Zealand national champion’s jersey, with a solo attack that held off older and more experienced rivals.

Fouché animated the race from the start. He was part of the decisive 12-rider break and then attacked alone on the Napier Hill climb with two and a half laps of the city circuit remaining to solo to overall victory. Fouché also won the Under-23 time trial title on Friday.

Kees Duyvesteyn finished second and WorldTour rider Tom Scully (EF Education First) was third 3:15 behind Fouché’ after working to ensure the move stayed away. Scully took the elite honours ahead of fellow WorldTour rider and time trial winner Patrick Bevin (CCC Team). However under Cycling New Zealand rules, only Fouché will wear the distinctive silver fern national champion’s jersey for the next 12 month.

“It was a long day out there but I was impressed that the group were motivated and all committed to the break and took it to the rest,” Scully explained. “I told them to work hard for 10 minutes to establish the break and from there it worked well.”

Once onto the nine laps of the inner-city course that included the climb of Napier Hill, the group gradually whittled down until two-time champion Joe Cooper attacked on the third-to-last time up the climb. Fouché countered Cooper’s attack and opened a 28-second buffer by the time he reached the start-finish with two laps remaining.

While Scully pushed hard initially to close the gap, the young Aucklander went into cruise mode to win comfortably.

“I thought the key for me was to get an early break because I am not one of the best on the climbs. It worked out really well although I was sceptical to go with three laps left but I just went with it,” Fouché explained.

“I thought it would be a tester and I was surprised to open up the lead. I was not sure I could hold it. I’ve been doing quite a bit of training on the hills so I guess it paid off today and the race played into my hands.

“I am thankful that Team Wiggins has re-signed me and it is cool to be able to thank them by taking the national jersey back to race for them this year.”

Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1James Fouche (NZl)4:01:01
2Kees Duyvesteyn (NZl)0:03:15
3Tom Scully (NZl)Row 2 - Cell 2
4Joel Yates (NZl)Row 3 - Cell 2
5Patrick Bevin (NZl)0:04:11
6Hayden Mccormick (NZl)Row 5 - Cell 2
7George Bennett (NZl)Row 6 - Cell 2
8James Oram (NZl)0:04:20
9Michael Vink (NZl)0:05:20
10Paul Wright (NZl)0:06:03
11Jason Christie (NZl)0:08:28
12Joseph Cooper (NZl)Row 11 - Cell 2
13Ben Hamilton (NZl)0:09:41
14Aaron Gate (NZl)Row 13 - Cell 2
15Michael Torckler (NZl)0:10:36
16Theo Gilbertson (NZl)0:11:45
17Ben Oliver (NZl)0:11:59
18Luke Mudgway (NZl)0:12:18
19Ryan Christensen (NZl)Row 18 - Cell 2
20Frank Sutton (NZl)Row 19 - Cell 2
21Matias Fitzwater (NZl)Row 20 - Cell 2
22Carne Groube (NZl)Row 21 - Cell 2
23Andrew Bidwell (NZl)Row 22 - Cell 2
24Bradley Jones (NZl)0:12:31
25Corbin Strong (NZl)0:13:04
26Madi Hartley-Brown (NZl)Row 25 - Cell 2
27Blake Sunde (NZl)Row 26 - Cell 2
28Jake Marryatt (NZl)0:13:19
29Hamish Schreurs (NZl)0:13:44
DNFThomas Stannard (NZl)Row 29 - Cell 2
DNFBen Cannon (NZl)Row 30 - Cell 2
DNFJack Mcneely (NZl)Row 31 - Cell 2
DNFWinston Briggs (NZl)Row 32 - Cell 2
DNFJohn Wansink (NZl)Row 33 - Cell 2
DNFRinze Schuurmans (NZl)Row 34 - Cell 2
DNFVaughn Pretorius (NZl)Row 35 - Cell 2
DNFMatt Frecklington (NZl)Row 36 - Cell 2
DNFToby Fuller (NZl)Row 37 - Cell 2
DNFIoan Fuller (NZl)Row 38 - Cell 2
DNFGregory Taylor (NZl)Row 39 - Cell 2
DNFOliver Young (NZl)Row 40 - Cell 2
DNFLiam Morrison (NZl)Row 41 - Cell 2
DNFLuke Shaw (NZl)Row 42 - Cell 2
DNFNicholas Thornley (NZl)Row 43 - Cell 2
DNFSam Dobbs (NZl)Row 44 - Cell 2
DNFJoshua Page (NZl)Row 45 - Cell 2
DNFNick Miller (NZl)Row 46 - Cell 2
DNFBurnie Mcgrath (NZl)Row 47 - Cell 2
DNFJames Harvey (NZl)Row 48 - Cell 2
DNFNathan Bell (NZl)Row 49 - Cell 2
DNFLiam Cappel (NZl)Row 50 - Cell 2
DNFCampbell Pithie (NZl)Row 51 - Cell 2
DNFMaxwell Wickens (NZl)Row 52 - Cell 2
DNFHenry Levett (NZl)Row 53 - Cell 2
DNFCalvin Standrill (NZl)Row 54 - Cell 2
DNFNicholas Magill (NZl)Row 55 - Cell 2
DNFDylan Kennett (NZl)Row 56 - Cell 2
DNFSamuel Mobberley (NZl)Row 57 - Cell 2
DNFAaron Wyllie (NZl)Row 58 - Cell 2
DNFDaniel Cross (NZl)Row 59 - Cell 2
DNFCallum Gordon (NZl)Row 60 - Cell 2
DNFEthan Batt (NZl)Row 61 - Cell 2
DNFSteve Nicholls (NZl)Row 62 - Cell 2
DNFJayden Kuijpers (NZl)Row 63 - Cell 2
DNFTaylor Johnston (NZl)Row 64 - Cell 2
DNFLaurence Kerby (NZl)Row 65 - Cell 2
DNFAlex Heaney (NZl)Row 66 - Cell 2
DNFWilliam Green (NZl)Row 67 - Cell 2
DNFJames Ashley (NZl)Row 68 - Cell 2
DNFGlenn Haden (NZl)Row 69 - Cell 2
DNFToby Atkins (NZl)Row 70 - Cell 2
DNFAlex West (NZl)Row 71 - Cell 2
DNFDion Smith (NZl)Row 72 - Cell 2
DNFSamuel Gaze (NZl)Row 73 - Cell 2
DNFJack Walsh (NZl)Row 74 - Cell 2
DNFAntony Nalder (NZl)Row 75 - Cell 2
DNFLogan Griffin (NZl)Row 76 - Cell 2
DNFJames Krzanich (NZl)Row 77 - Cell 2
DNFMatthew Webb-Smith (NZl)Row 78 - Cell 2

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