Tor­ck­ler takes se­ries lead in Toko­roa race

South Waikato News - - Your Local News - CHRISTO­PHER REIVE

He missed out on a podium finish in the first leg, but Michael Tor­ck­ler re­turned to claim an in­di­vid­ual win in the sec­ond leg of the Dy­namo team cy­cling se­ries.

On the back of a well-timed sprint, Blindz Di­rect Cy­cling’s Tor­ck­ler got the cater­gory one win at the Toko­roa event ahead of Luke Mudg­way and Nick Ker­go­zou to move to the top of the in­di­vid­ual stand­ings after two races.

With the event hav­ing a dif­fer­ent fin­ish­ing po­si­tion to that of pre­vi­ous years, the cy­clist had to con­tend the finish a lit­tle sooner than was fa­mil­iar in the 82km event.

De­spite the damp Waikato con­di­tions, the pace was high in the race as rid­ers looked to mark their mark early.

Tor­ck­ler had to work for the win, with Mudg­way tak­ing a 10-sec­ond lead in the later stages of the race be­fore be­ing pulled in by the chas­ing group.

And de­spite some at­tempted breaks, the event was set for a strong finish as the group ap­proached the finish line, with Tor­ck­ler get­ting the best of the sprint home.

Team-mates Josh Kuys­ten and Cameron Wy­ni­att fin­ished among the top 15 as well in a strong show­ing from the Blindz Di­rect team.

How­ever, they weren’t done after the road race as they claimed sec­ond place in the team time trial, fin­ish­ing 18 sec­onds be­hind an im­pres­sive Spo­ken Coach­ing team.

After two events, Tor­ck­ler leads the in­di­vid­ual stand­ings on 20 points, five ahead of sec­ond place, while the Blindz Di­rect team hold sec­ond place in the cat­e­gory one team stand­ings eight points back from Spo­ken Coach­ing.

Blindz Di­rect’s cat­e­gory two squad are also eight points off the lead in sec­ond place.

The re­sults in Toko­roa put the squads in a solid po­si­tion with four events left in the se­ries. The next of which was set to be held in Ohinewai, Waikato, on Novem­ber 19.

After two events, Tor­ck­ler leads the in­di­vid­ual stand­ings on 20 points, five ahead of sec­ond place, while the Blindz Di­rect team hold sec­ond place in the cat­e­gory one team stand­ings eight points back from Spo­ken Coach­ing.

Blindz Di­rect’s cat­e­gory two squad are also eight points off the lead in sec­ond place.

The re­sults in Toko­roa put the squads in a solid po­si­tion.

ROBYN EDIE

Michael Tor­ck­ler in ac­tion ear­lier this year.

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