Bourne based cyclist Steve Lampier finished fifth in the New Zealand Cycle Classic on Sunday, riding for professional team JLT Condor.
Highlights of the race included Lampier finishing fourth on the difficult stage three and sixth on stage four as he helped his team mate Stephen Williams finish in third place overall in the UCI 2.2 race.
His own consistency allowed him to finish a terrific fifth in the General Classification in his first significant race for his new team.
Up next is a quick hop across the Tasman Sea to Australia for the Cadel Evans Two Stage race in Victoria State, and that has attracted a World Class field.
The New Zealand Cycle Classic was won by 20-year-old Australian Ben O’Connor, riding for the Avanti IsoWhey Sports team.
However on the final day of the five stage race, Lampier and his JLT Condor team joined One Pro Cycling, State of Matter, Data#3 Cisco, Kenyan Riders Downunder and the New Zealand national in attacking the race leaders and in the closing stages of the 122km route O’Connor was left alone to defend his yellow jersey as his team mates fell away.
However in the end O’Connor (15:52:54) finished with a 31 second lead over Avanti IsoWhey Sports team mate Mark Brien, with his nearest rival Williams a further three seconds behind.
Lampier crossed the line in 13th on the final stage alongside with the same time as overall winner O’Connor. The Bourne rider finished 47 seconds off the leader’s time. in the GC.
Also in action this week was another Bourne-based rider, Jason Burrill.
Burrill competed at the Derby velodrome and had a very interesting evening’s racing midweek, though like all the competitors that night the racing was cut short owing to some spectacular crashes. In the two events he rode he finished eighth in the Scratch race and a disappointing 14th in the Devil take the Hindmost as seven months off the track clearly showed.