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Tour of Wellington - 2.5

New Zealand, January 3-7, 2001

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Stage 4 - January 6: Upper Hutt Circuit, 140 km

Jenner regains the lead

By Jim Robinson

Wellington, the windy city? Not this time. For the fourth consecutive day, the capital turned on the heat - and the 66 remaining riders in the Tour of Wellington did the same.

As expected, the demanding seven-lap stage four, which included the 100 vertical metre climb of Wallaceville hill each lap, blasted the field to pieces.

At the end of the 140 kilometres, Chris Jenner outsprinted Graeme Miller for the win, regaining the yellow jersey by 42 seconds from Miller, with Jeremy Yates third and yesterday's leader Brendon Vesty fourth.

Jenner, Miller, Junior world champion Yates and Australian Tim Bartholomew broke clear from the much-depleted bunch with a couple of laps to go, and never looked like being caught. Behind them the field was strewn into small groups and solo riders as much as a lap down.

The race was fast from the outset, with a break going clear just a few kilometres from the start, and staying away for several laps.

As yesterday, the temperatures climbed into the high twenties, and much of the Wallaceville climb was lined with team support passing out bottles.

With tomorrow morning's stage 5 featuring the painful climb up Hawkins hill, Jenner now looks a good bet for the overall - but there's little question Miller and the rest of the Avantis will be on the attack from early on to cause an upset. Tomorrow afternoon's criterium finishes the tour.

Results

1 Chris Jenner (NZl) Fuji Xerox-New Zealand        3.19.23 (41 km/h)
2 Graeme Miller (NZl) Avanti Cycles
3 Jeremy Yates (NZl) Avanti Cycles                     0.04
4 Tim Bartholomew (Aus) Penny Farthing-Australia       0.07
5 Erin Hartwell (USA) Avanti Cycles                    2.46
6 Greg Campbell (Aus) Burkes Cycles-Australia U/23
7 Stephen Elden (NZl) Lupi Pasta Team                  2.49
8 Tino Haakman (Ned) BRC Kennermerland-Holland
9 Salis Cullen (NZl) Pins Cycles Wellington 2
10 Robin Reid (NZl) Avanti Cycles
11 Ric Reid (NZl) Auckland Team                        2.53
12 Brendon Vesty (NZl) Fuji Xerox-New Zealand          2.54
13 Chris Boerson (NZl) Auckland Team                   5.55
14 Sean Sullivan (Aus) Fuji Xerox-New Zealand          7.50
15 Francis De Jager (Ned) BRC Kennermerland-Holland
16 Dean Hill (NZl) Pins Cycles Wellington 2
17 Bryce Shapley (NZl) Avanti Cycles
18 Scott Guyton (NZl) Fuji Xerox-New Zealand
19 Geoff Burndred (NZl) Pack & Pedal                   8.13
20 Tim Paviel (NZl) Giant Bicycles
21 Brad McFarlane (NZl) Giant Bicycles
22 Ryan Moody (Aus) Burkes Cycles-Australia U/23
23 Braam De Waard (Ned) BRC Kennermerland-Holland
24 Todd Parnell (Aus) Burkes Cycles-Australia U/23
25 Phil Chapman (Aus) Penny Farthing-Australia         8.16
26 Brett Backhouse (NZl) Southend Cycles
27 Gareth Aplin (NZl) VIC Cycles
28 Paul Sumich (NZl) Auckland Team
29 Simon Morris (NZl) Lupi Pasta Team
30 Gordon Bearman (NZl) Auckland Team                  8.25
31 Leung Chi Hang (HKg) Hong Kong National Team       10.04
32 Andrew Ward (NZl) Southend Cycles                  10.07
33 Tim Kerr (NZl) Giant Bicycles
34 Darren Gordon (NZl) Penny Farthing-Wellington
35 Niels Eriks (Ned) BRC Kennermerland-Holland        10.39
36 James Stevenson (NZl) Pack & Pedal
37 Warren Simpson (NZl) VIC Cycles
38 Jim Robinson (NZl) Penny Farthing-Wellington
39 Christian Wengler (NZl) Pins Cycles-Wellington
40 David McGuigan (NZl) Pins Cycles Wellington 2
41 Chris Thompson (Aus) Southend Cycles
42 Kris Withington (NZl) Pack & Pedal
43 Daniel Warren (NZl) VIC Cycles
44 Steve Bale (NZl) Penny Farthing-Wellington
45 Willie Aitken (NZl) Lupi Pasta Team
46 Ken Buist (NZl) Pins Cycles-Wellington
47 Andrew Mildenhall (NZl) Lupi Pasta Team
48 Paul Davis (NZl) Pins Cycles-Wellington
49 Philip Burns (NZl) VIC Cycles
50 Nathan Jones (Aus) Burkes Cycles-Australia U/23    10.48
51 Darren Murray (NZl) Auckland Team                  21.03
52 John Freiberg (NZl) Pins Cycles Wellington 2
53 Lau King Yu (HKg) Hong Kong National Team
54 Brad Edmonds (Aus) Burkes Cycles-Australia U/23
55 Gary Chapman (Aus) Penny Farthing-Australia        22.30
56 Scott Mitchell (NZl) Giant Bicycles                26.00
57 Joseph Chapman (NZl) Giant Bicycles
58 Matthew Gilbert (NZl) Southend Cycles
59 Lee Vertongen (NZl) Fuji Xerox-New Zealand         28.36
60 Steve Blair (NZl) Penny Farthing-Wellington
61 Gerard Windhouwer (Ned) BRC Kennermerland-Holland
62 David Shaw (NZl) Pins Cycles Wellington 2          38.30
63 Jamie Thynne (NZl) Pins Cycles-Wellington          51.16
64 Paul Hattan (NZl) Pins Cycles-Wellington
65 Richard Starr (NZl) Lupi Pasta Team

General classification after stage 4

1 Chris Jenner (NZl) Fuji Xerox-New Zealand        12.07.03
2 Graeme Miller (NZl) Avanti Cycles                    0.42
3 Jeremy Yates (NZl) Avanti Cycles                     2.35
4 Brendon Vesty (NZl) Fuji Xerox-New Zealand           2.40
5 Tino Haakman (Ned) BRC Kennermerland-Holland         4.43
6 Greg Campbell (Aus) Burkes Cycles-Australia U/23     5.41
7 Tim Bartholomew (Aus) Penny Farthing-Australia       5.56
8 Ric Reid (NZl) Auckland Team                         6.27
9 Erin Hartwell (USA) Avanti Cycles                    7.04
10 Salis Cullen (NZl) Pins Cycles Wellington 2        11.56
11 Stephen Elden (NZl) Lupi Pasta Team                12.23
12 Chris Boerson (NZl) Auckland Team                  12.52
13 Robin Reid (NZl) Avanti Cycles                     16.00
14 Geoff Burndred (NZl) Pack & Pedal                  16.41
15 Tim Paviel (NZl) Giant Bicycles                    16.50
16 Brad McFarlane (NZl) Giant Bicycles                17.26
17 Niels Eriks (Ned) BRC Kennermerland-Holland        17.37
18 Sean Sullivan (Aus) Fuji Xerox-New Zealand         18.18
19 Phil Chapman (Aus) Penny Farthing-Australia        18.23
20 Andrew Ward (NZl) Southend Cycles
21 Gordon Bearman (NZl) Auckland Team                 18.47
22 Ryan Moody (Aus) Burkes Cycles-Australia U/23      18.52
23 Francis De Jager (Ned) BRC Kennermerland-Holland   20.20
24 Dean Hill (NZl) Pins Cycles Wellington 2           20.29
25 Bryce Shapley (NZl) Avanti Cycles                  21.14
26 Braam De Waard (Ned) BRC Kennermerland-Holland     21.28
27 Brett Backhouse (NZl) Southend Cycles              27.05
28 Tim Kerr (NZl) Giant Bicycles                      29.35
29 Scott Guyton (NZl) Fuji Xerox-New Zealand          29.50
30 Leung Chi Hang (HKg) Hong Kong National Team       30.11
31 Nathan Jones (Aus) Burkes Cycles-Australia U/23    30.34
32 James Stevenson (NZl) Pack & Pedal                 30.39
33 Warren Simpson (NZl) VIC Cycles                    31.33
34 Todd Parnell (Aus) Burkes Cycles-Australia U/23    31.36
35 Jim Robinson (NZl) Penny Farthing-Wellington       35.29
36 Christian Wengler (NZl) Pins Cycles-Wellington     35.42
37 David McGuigan (NZl) Pins Cycles Wellington 2      38.03
38 Darren Murray (NZl) Auckland Team                  38.66
39 Chris Thompson (Aus) Southend Cycles               40.01
40 Gareth Aplin (NZl) VIC Cycles                      42.17
41 Kris Withington (NZl) Pack & Pedal                 42.34
42 Daniel Warren (NZl) VIC Cycles                     42.50
43 Gary Chapman (Aus) Penny Farthing-Australia        43.11
44 Steve Bale (NZl) Penny Farthing-Wellington         44.40
45 Paul Sumich (NZl) Auckland Team                    44.48
46 Willie Aitken (NZl) Lupi Pasta Team                46.18
47 Ken Buist (NZl) Pins Cycles-Wellington             46.48
48 Andrew Mildenhall (NZl) Lupi Pasta Team            48.34
49 Paul Davis (NZl) Pins Cycles-Wellington            49.34
50 John Freiberg (NZl) Pins Cycles Wellington 2       49.47
51 Darren Gordon (NZl) Penny Farthing-Wellington      50.53
52 Lee Vertongen (NZl) Fuji Xerox-New Zealand         57.15
53 David Shaw (NZl) Pins Cycles Wellington 2          58.16
54 Lau King Yu (HKg) Hong Kong National Team        1.00.38
55 Steve Blair (NZl) Penny Farthing-Wellington      1.04.10
56 Gerard Windhouwer (Ned) BRC Kennermerland-Holland1.08.01
57 Brad Edmonds (Aus) Burkes Cycles-Australia U/23  1.09.49
58 Simon Morris (NZl) Lupi Pasta Team               1.12.32
59 Philip Burns (NZl) VIC Cycles                    1.13.59
60 Scott Mitchell (NZl) Giant Bicycles              1.14.37
61 Jamie Thynne (NZl) Pins Cycles-Wellington        1.16.02
62 Joseph Chapman (NZl) Giant Bicycles              1.17.33
63 Matthew Gilbert (NZl) Southend Cycles            1.28.14
64 Paul Hattan (NZl) Pins Cycles-Wellington         1.52.40
65 Richard Starr (NZl) Lupi Pasta Team              2.07.29

Sprint classification

1 Gordon Bearman (NZl) Auckland Team                     44 pts
2 Darren Murray (NZl) Auckland Team                      32
3 Scott Guyton (NZl) Fuji Xerox-New Zealand              26
4 Braam De Waard (Ned) BRC Kennermerland-Holland         24
4 Graeme Miller (NZl) Avanti Cycles                      24
6 Andrew Ward (NZl) Southend Cycles                      12
7 Chris Boerson (NZl) Auckland Team                      10
7 Lee Vertongen (NZl) Fuji Xerox-New Zealand             10
9 Gary Chapman (Aus) Penny Farthing-Australia             8
9 Ric Reid (NZl) Auckland Team                            8
11 Dean Hill (NZl) Pins Cycles Wellington 2               6
11 John Freiberg (NZl) Pins Cycles Wellington 2           6
11 Bryce Shapley (NZl) Avanti Cycles                      6
11 Todd Parnell (Aus) Burkes Cycles-Australia U/23        6
11 Philip Burns (NZl) VIC Cycles                          6
11 Erin Hartwell (USA) Avanti Cycles                      6
17 Sean Sullivan (Aus) Fuji Xerox-New Zealand             2
17 Ryan Moody (Aus) Burkes Cycles-Australia U/23          2
17 Chris Jenner (NZl) Fuji Xerox-New Zealand              2

Mountains classification

1 Chris Jenner (NZl) Fuji Xerox-New Zealand              20 pts
2 Graeme Miller (NZl) Avanti Cycles                      12
3 Jeremy Yates (NZl) Avanti Cycles                       10
3 Andrew Ward (NZl) Southend Cycles                      10
3 Brendon Vesty (NZl) Fuji Xerox-New Zealand             10
6 Gordon Bearman (NZl) Auckland Team                      8
6 Ric Reid (NZl) Auckland Team                            8
8 Darren Murray (NZl) Auckland Team                       6
8 Dean Hill (NZl) Pins Cycles Wellington 2                6
10 Tim Bartholomew (Aus) Penny Farthing-Australia         4
10 Gary Chapman (Aus) Penny Farthing-Australia            4
10 Tino Haakman (Ned) BRC Kennermerland-Holland           4
10 Todd Parnell (Aus) Burkes Cycles-Australia U/23        4
14 Sean Sullivan (Aus) Fuji Xerox-New Zealand             2
14 Lee Vertongen (NZl) Fuji Xerox-New Zealand             2

Teams classification

1 Avanti Cycles                                    36.31.51
2 Fuji Xerox                                          10.52
3 BRC Kennermerland (Holland)                         20.58
4 Auckland                                            25.06
5 Burkes Cycles (Australia U23)                       41.45