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2017 New Zealand Cycle Classic - UCI Oceania Tour
2017 New Zealand Cycle Classic - UCI Oceania Tour

– Race of the month –

The New Zealand Cycle Classic (January 22 to 26) is the first race of the UCI Oceania Tour this year. A UCI 2.2 stage race, the New Zealand Cycle Classic was established in 1988 by Jorge Sandoval as the Tour of Wellington until 2012, and has remained faithful to its original purpose over the decades: to discover talent and offer a first major experience of top-level stage racing to generations of riders. It joined the UCI international racing calendar for the first time in 1997.

New Zealand rider Joseph Cooper of the IsoWhey Sports Swiss Wellness team took the overall title after five stages and 667 kilometres. Cooper's team mates, Timothy Roe and Sam Crome took the first two stages, with James Oram (One Pro Racing) moving into the leader's jersey after stage two. Oram kept the jersey through the third stage, but lost it to Cooper on stage four, when the IsoWhey rider was a member of a three rider breakaway. The standings did not change in the final 120km stage.

2017 New Zealand Cycle Classic - UCI Oceania Tour

2017 Final Standings

1. Joseph Cooper (NZL) IsoWhey Sports Swiss Wellness, 15:24:45
2. Logan Griffin (NZL) at 0:36
3. James Oram (NZL) One Pro Cycling at 0:37
4. Jon Mould (GBR) JLT Condor at 0:38
5. Sam Crome (AUS) IsoWhey Sports Swiss Wellness at 0:47

Points Classification - Brad Evans (NZL) Team New Zealand
Mountains Classification - James Oram (NZL) One Pro Cycling
Team GC - IsoWhey Sports Swiss Wellness 46:15:47

2017 New Zealand Cycle Tour - UCI Oceania Tour

– UCI Continental Circuits rankings as of January 22, 2017 –

Individual Rankings
UCI Africa Tour – Issak Tesfom Okubamariam (ERI)
UCI America Tour – Lachlan David Morton (AUS)
UCI Asia Tour – Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ)
UCI Europe Tour – Baptiste Planckaert (BEL)
UCI Oceania Tour – Sean Lake (AUS)

Teams Rankings
UCI Africa Tour – Skydive Dubai – Al Ahli Pro Cycling Team (UAE)
UCI America Tour – Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team (USA)
UCI Asia Tour – Pishgaman Cycling Team (IRI)
UCI Europe Tour – Cofidis, Solutions Crédits (FRA)
UCI Oceania Tour – IsoWhey Sports Swiss Welness (AUS)

Nations Rankings
UCI Africa Tour – Eritrea
UCI America Tour – Colombia
UCI Asia Tour – Iran
UCI Europe Tour – Belgium
UCI Oceania Tour – Australia

Full rankings

– Focus on James Oram (NZL) –

James Oram (NZL) - 2015 UCI Road World Championships - Richmond (USA)

James Oram is a 23-year-old New Zealand rider who has been steadily working his way up through the ranks, beginning with a stage win and overall victory at the well-regarded Tour de l'Abitibi stage race for Junior men in 2011. He was quickly snapped up by the Bontrager development team for the following two seasons, before moving to Bissell in 2014 and then Axeon Cycling for 2015. In 2015 he won a stage of the UCI 2.2 Volta ao Alentejo/Liberty Seguros, finishing third overall, and also won a stage of the New Zealand Cycle Classic. He moved to the One Pro Cycling team for 2016 and remains with them for this season. In 2017, he has already finished third overall in the New Zealand Cycle Classic as well as winning the Mountains Classification.

Principal results

1st - Mountains Classification New Zealand Cycle Classic
2nd - Stage 2 New Zealand Cycle Classic
3rd - Overall New Zealand Cycle Classic

4th - Overall New Zealand Cycle Classic
6th - Beaumont Trophy

6th – UCI Road World Championships U23 ITT
5th - Youth Classification Tour of Alberta
2nd -Youth Classification Tour de Beauce
1st - Youth Classification Volta ao Alentejo/Liberty Seguros
3rd - Overall Volta ao Alentejo/Liberty Seguros
1st - Stage 1 Volta ao Alentejo/Liberty Seguros

2nd - Overall New Zealand Cycle Classic
4th - Overall Young Rider Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah
5th - Youth Classification Herald Sun Tour

1st - Overall Tour de l'Abitibi
1st - Stage 1 Tour de l'Abitibi

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