Jason Christie Claims Road Victory In Europe

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Wed 29/Apr/09 4:52pm

South Canterbury cyclist Jason Christie has enjoyed his maiden road win in Europe with victory in the Raiffeisen Grand Prix in Austria.

Christie, who is based in Belgium with the BikeNZ track squad, made a solo break to win the 123km road race that attracted 245 starters.

“I haven’t finished yet, I want to win more,” said Christie.

The two-time junior world medallist is back in top shape after injury prevented him competing in the New Zealand track championships two months ago.

Christie, currently training with the UCI development programme in Switzerland, will move to the BikeNZ squad based in Belgium next month to link in with Beijing track medallists Marc Ryan (Timaru) and Wesley Gough (Waipukurau).

Their fellow Beijing medallists Sam Bewley and Jesse Sergent will line-up against their mentor Lance Armstrong in the Tour of the Gila in New Mexico starting tomorrow.

Bewley (Rotorua) and Sergent (Feilding) will compete for their Trek Livestrong team, which is supported and mentored by Armstrong. The seven time Tour de France champion has been cleared to compete along with Tour of California winner Levi Leipheimer as he recovers from recent surgery in his comeback to the sport.

The five-day tour follows a hilly course at altitude in New Mexico, with other kiwis in the field including Jeremy Vennell (Bissell) , Roman van Uden, Logan Hunn, Mike Northey and Aaron Tuckermann (all Landrover – Orbea).

Also in the States, kiwi Heath Blackgrove (Oamaru) has won the high profile Athens Criterium in Georgia.

Blackgrove, an Athens Olympian, took a surprise victory at the 30th running of the event. He was one of three survivors from a large breakaway late in the 80km race and timed his sprint perfectly.

“It’s the biggest crit in America, and I’ve heard a lot of stories about it. So to win the first time doing it, with a crowd like this, is pretty special,” Blackgrove said.

There was further New Zealand success in Europe where Beijing Olympian Glen Chadwick won the first stage of the 53rd Tour of Asturias in Spain today.

Chadwick (Rock Racing) out-sprinted his breakaway companion Tiago Machado (Madeinox Boavista) for the victory after the pair had spent more than 100km in the break on the 157km stage.
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Re: Jason Christie Claims Road Victory In Europe

Postby businesstime on Wed 29/Apr/09 7:21pm

Nice work Jason Christie.

He going to be another Rolly that boy
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