Torckler takes the lead
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.