Tor­ck­ler takes the lead

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A South Waikato Cy­cle Clas­sic win in Toko­roa has taken Michael Tor­ck­ler to the top of the stand­ings in the se­ries on Sun­day.

Tor­ck­ler, who rides for Blindz Di­rect, beat James Oram of Team Skoda Rac­ing and Sam Gaze of Spo­ken Coach­ing, which was enough for the de­fend­ing se­ries cham­pion to se­cure the leader’s jersey from Re­gan Gough.

The 29-year-old who won the Coronet Peak stage of the 2016 Tour of South­land, claimed the 112km third round race of the Dy­namo Team Cham­pi­onship in windy con­di­tions.

The tough con­di­tions saw rid­ers dropped pro­gres­sively through­out the day as they strug­gled with the high tempo which saw the field av­er­age 40km/h over large parts of the day.

While the ma­jor­ity of the field stayed to­gether in the early stages, things changed when cross­winds and head­winds grad­u­ally re­duced the field as rid­ers were dropped.

Even­tu­ally only three rid­ers were left at the front, with Frank Sut­ton, Oram and Tor­ck­ler keep­ing the chas­ing rid­ers at bay.

Sut­ton was dropped by the other two rid­ers with 20km to go, leav­ing Oram and Tor­ck­ler out in front.

Tor­ck­ler showed charged away in the last kilo­me­tre.

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