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Oram claims NZ Cycle Classic yellow jersey

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/01/2017

Kiwi rider James Oram is the new tour leader after another Australian won stage two of the New Zealand Cycle Classic in Wairarapa.

Victorian Sam Crome powered to victory in the rolling 147.5km stage from Masterton to Gladstone, which finished with a steep climb up Admiral Hill.

It followed the deeds of his IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness teammate Tim Roe, who won the opening stage.

Oram, riding for the New Zealand National team was 7sec behind Crome. It was enough to put him 10sec ahead of the Australian on general classification.

That pair and JLT Condor rider Steve Lampier fought out the honours after breaking from the peloton on the penultimate climb up Te Wharau Hill. Crome made his move with about 1km remaining.

The early part of the stage was dominated by a four-man break comprising Dylan Newberry (Mobius Future), Morgan Smith (Trust House), Luke Mudgway (NZ National Team) and Nick Reddish (Oliver's Real Food Racing).

Stage three of the five-leg race on Tuesday is a relatively flat 136km journey from Masterton to Martinborough.

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