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2007 New Zealand National Road Championships - CN
Upper Hutt, NZ, January 11-13, 2007
Stage 5 - January 13: Elite/U23 men's road race, 156km
Dean and Haydock take titles
Spanish based kiwi Julian Dean won the National Elite Men’s road race in Upper Hutt today, to take his first national road title on debut. The lead changed often in the strong elite field of 40 riders, with Jeremy Vennell and Under 23 rider Matt Sillars taking an early lead in the race.
Midway through the 156km circuit however, the favourites started to shine with various groups breaking away and regrouping on the challenging circuit, until a clear group of Julian Dean, Tim Gudsell, Pete Latham, Heath Blackgrove and Gordon McCauley broke away, finishing in that order. Time trial champion Glen Chadwick, riding for the Ramblers Club in Hastings but wearing his Navigators American pro team kit was always threatening, and finishing in fifth.
The Under 23 race was won by Matt Haydock, capping off a great championships for the Counties rider who also won the time trial on Thursday.
The races were held in perfect conditions. Mist was evident in the early part of the day at the top of the steep Blue Mountains but burnt off as the morning went on to produce hot, still conditions, perfect for road racing.
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1 Julian Dean 3.49.23 2 Heath Blackgrove 3 Gordon Mccauley 0.16 4 Tim Gudsell 0.30 5 Glen Chadwick 0.57 6 Matthew Haydock 4.33 7 Oliver Pearce 8 Edwin Crossling 9 Joseph Chapman 10 Logan Hutchings 11 Justin Kerr 12 Peter Latham 13 Karl Moore 14 Scott Lyttle 15 Michael Torckler 6.04 16 Scott Wilder 9.33 17 Brett Tivers 18 Richard Speer 10.03 19 Ashley Whitehead 20 David Rowlands 21 Daniel Barry 22 Edwin Barrett 10.08 23 Jeremy Vennell 10.20 24 Steve Stannard 25 Ryan Wills 10.42 26 Joshua England 13.18 27 Christopher Macic 14.50 28 Matthew Gorter 14.51 29 Alistair Crossling 14.53 30 Mark Langlands 22.03 31 Geoff Gates 32 Le Poston 33 Michael Northey 34 Matthew Sillars 22.02 35 Shane O'neill 23.07 36 Brian Biggs 23.41 37 Darren Gordon 26.24 DNF Samuel Eadie DNF Will Alexander DNF Brad Carter DNF Clinton Avery DNF Sam King-Turner DNF Peter Rennie DNF Robert Brock DNF Rico Rogers DNF Jason Allen DNF Justin Ralph DNF Donald Oakly DNF Sam Horn DNF Jonathan Gee DNF Logan Hunn DNF Sam Horgan DNF Ross Stewart DNF Simon Brown DNF Joshua Brannigan DNF Daniel Waluszewski DNF Samuel Jennings DNF Christopher Sanson DNF Matthew Bell DNF Eliot Crowther DNF Joseph Cooper DNF Blair Cooper DNF Aaron Strong DNF Andrew Macfarlane DNF Brady Gibbons DNF Stephen Elden DNF Dean Fulton DNF Hayden Godfrey DNF Aaron Wheeler