Olympic Medallist Claims Raboplus Nz Omnium Honours

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Mon 23/Feb/09 9:18am

Olympic bronze medallist Sam Bewley finished strongly to win the gruelling RaboPlus New Zealand Ominium title Wanganui this weekend.

The Rotorua rider won the final three disciplines of the five-event championship that was postponed from Friday because of the wet weather.

Auckland’s Andy Williams, third last year, put down the challenge by winning the 200m time trial and 5km scratch race to establish a healthy advantage.

However Bewley showed the benefit of his recent endurance training to dominate the final three events. He took out the 3000m pursuit from Auckland’s Aaron Gate, the 15km points race from Auckland’s Alex Cull and the final 1km time trial from Auckland’s Jono Hailstone.

He finished fourth in both early events won by Williams and his wins in the pursuit and points race gave him an unassailable lead going into the final time trial.

Bewley gained the overall honours from Gate with Williams who repeated the third placing from 2008 when he finished behind winner Hayden Godfrey. The Christchurch rider, who went on to win the world championship last year, bypassed this year’s event as he prepares to defend his title at next month’s world championship in Poland.

Bewley, who is part of the BikeNZ team pursuit squad preparing for the world championships, was delighted with his form after recently returning from training with his new professional squad. He has been selected along with fellow pursuiter Jesse Sergent for the new Lance Armstrong-based Trek Livestrong development team based in California.

Results, RaboPlus NZ Omnium Championship:

200m time trial:

Andy Williams (Auckland) 11.57sec, 1;
Aaron Gate (Auckland) 11.60sec, 2;
Sam Steele (Christchurch) 11.67sec, 3.

5km Scratch race:
Williams 6:27.90, 1;
Steele 2;
Alex Cull (Auckland) 3.

3000m pursuit:
Sam Bewley (Rotorua) 3:32.94, 1;
Gate 3:39.01, 2;
Cull 3:39.48, 3;

15km Points race:
Bewley 23 points, 1;
Cull 14, 2;
Gate 12, 3;

1km time trial:
Bewley 1:07.89sec, 1;
Jono Hailstone (Auckland) 1:11.62, 2;
Williams 1:11.72, 3.

Bewley 11 points, 1;
Gate 16, 2;
Williams 16, 3.
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