New Zealand cyclists win on the road and track across the globe

Road, Track & Cyclocross
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New Zealand cyclists have been in winning form on the road and track across the globe.

In Greece, Aaron Gate has won the prologue at the start of the International Tour of Hellas, a Pro 2.1 tour where the Bolton Equities Black Spoke rider won the overall honours last year.

Gate, wearing the national champion’s jersey, led a clean sweep of the podium with teammates Rory Townsend and Logan Currie second and third respectively in the 6km time trial test., with Tom Sexton ninth.

The Halberg Award finalist will wear the leaders’ yellow jersey into the first stage proper which features two categorised climbs over the 187km stage starting and returning to the northern city of Heraklion.

It is a four-stage race that finishes in ancient Olympia on Sunday (NZT).

Meanwhile track sprinter Callum Saunders has earned some valuable ranking points after a win in the keirin final at the UCI C2 Carnival of Speed event in Couva, Trinidad.

Saunders, who competed in the final Nations Cup event in Canada last week, won the keirin and picked up two silver medals in sprint finals over the two-day event.

The kiwi rider beat Trinidad and Tobago champion Kwesi Browne, ninth in the Tokyo Olympics, in the final of the keirin. Saunders pushed to the lead over Browne with a lap to go and held on in the tight finish for the victory with Canada’s James Hedgcock third.

Earlier Saunders won the silver medal in the sprint competition, after he was edged in the final by Trinidad and Tobago champion, Nicholas Paul, the Commonwealth Games champion and world championship medallist.

Saunders qualified third fastest in 10.138s but worked his way through to the final to earn the silver, which was a repeat of their first sprint competition last Friday when he was also pipped by Nicholas in the final.

This follows the efforts of New Zealand track and road star, Ally Wollaston who won her first overall professional stage race honours at the Cerztizit Festival Elsy Jacobs, a 2.Pro level race in Luxembourg.

The AG Insurance-Soudal Quick Step team rider won the overall General Classification honours for her AG Insurance-Soudal Quick-Step team, as well as picking up the Points jersey and the Young Rider category.

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