17 January 2021
“There was a lot that happened (before the fourth and final sprint) … we were trying to make a move and get Gatey (Aaron Gate) off the front but that didn’t work so we had to change focus in the last few laps. The whole team just rode. We were all at the front all day – everyone was right up there. We managed to get me in the right position at the end.”
Both Stewart and Strong thanked the thousands of people who braved the weather conditions to cheer on the country’s top riders as well as thank race director Jorge Sandoval and the Wellington City Council for allowing the race to return to the Capital city.
Earlier in the day a fun new community event called Cycle the Golden Mile was staged on the same circuit and included children’s races and a celebrity circuit featuring former Wellington Mayor Celia Wade Brown, National List MP Chris Bishop, Carterton Mayor Greg Lang, Hurricanes mascot Captain Hurricane and Greg O’Connor, Labour MP for Member for Ōhāriu and chairperson of the Transport and Infrastructure Committee. They lined up alongside Wellington sporting mascots Leo and Flossie and Captain Hurricane. Almost 100 riders of all ages and abilities took the opportunity to ride a series of fun races.
The 2020 NZ Cycle Classic can take place thanks to the generous support from Trust House, Wellington City Council, Mobile Communications Service, Wizwireless, Fagan Motors, Mitre 10 Mega Masterton, Cross Country Rentals, Tineli and Lion Foundation plus all three Wairarapa District Councils.
UCI 2.2 New Zealand Cycle Classic Stage Five placings.
1. Campbell Stewart, Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy
2. Corbin Strong, NZ National team
3.George Jackson, NZ Cycling Project
Trust House Yellow Jersey overall Tour Winner: Corbin Strong, New Zealand National team
Fagan Motors Under 23 Jersey: Corbin Strong, New Zealand National team
WIZWireless Points Classification Jersey: Regan Gough, NZ National team
Mobile Communication Service Most Aggressive Rider Jersey: Ryan Christensen, Cycling New Zealand team
Mitre 10 MEGA King of the Mountains Jersey: Luke Mudgway, Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy
Cross Country Rentals Teams Classification Jersey: New Zealand National Team