Shane Archbold wins road race at New Zealand championships
Feb 17 2020 05:49 am CET

Shane Archbold wins road race at New Zealand championships
Shane Archbold wins road race at New Zealand championships
Deceuninck-Quick-Step

Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Shane Archbold has taken the title at the road race of the New Zealand national championships.

The 31-year-old sprinted to victory after going through a 173-kilometre-long course that included two ascents of the Muangakawa Road and five laps through a flat route. With 60 kilometres to go, Jumbo-Visma's George Bennett attacked and was caught by Archbold in the last ten kilometres of the competition.

The rider then accelerated with 200 metres to go and took the victory of the race. "I am so stoked to pull on this jersey," he explained. "To know that I am the new National Champion and will get to show this beautiful jersey in some of the biggest races in the world is an incredible feeling, especially as the title is not something I ever thought would happen after the last few years with so many injuries.

"When I attacked inside the last 20 kilometers, I said to myself it was now or never. After dropping the other guys, I continued to believe and gave it my all to make the catch. In the sprint, I knew I had the upper hand and that was that."

Archbold will show his new jersey at the UAE Tour, "I don't have too many opportunities, but when I get one, I try to make it count!" he said enthusiastically. "This was the case also today. I am incredibly happy to wear this jersey as part of the Deceuninck – Quick-Step team and can't wait for the next race with Michael Mørkøv and Sam Bennett, to make together with them a very colourful lead-out train."







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