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Gaze third in French U23 World Cup race

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/05/2016

New Zealand's Sam Gaze has retained his lead in the World Cup under-23 cross-country standings after placing third at the latest round in France.

The Cambridge rider was never in contention to add to his wins in the opening rounds in Australia and Germany after suffering a mishap on the second lap in slippery conditions at La Bresse on Sunday.

He lost a minute but fought back to finish within 44sec of second-placed Frenchman Romain Seigle. Titouan Carod of France was a comfortable winner.

The race completed the Olympic qualifying period, with governing body the UCI now due to release its final Rio ranking allocations.

New Zealand qualified one place in both the men's and women's cross-country categories.

Gaze will be considered for the mens spot along with world under-23 champion Anton Cooper, who was forced to withdraw from the men's elite race in France because of illness.

National women's champion Kate Fluker was forced to withdraw in the first lap of the women's race after crashing.

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