Fisher-Black siblings shine at New Zealand national championships
Feb 17 2020 06:38 am CET

Fisher-Black siblings shine at New Zealand national championships
Fisher-Black siblings shine at New Zealand national championships
Photo by ASO/A.Broadway

Niamh and Finn Fisher Black (Bigla-Katusha and Jumbo-Visma Development team) have taken the victories at the elite women race and the U23 competition of the national championships of New Zealand.

Niamh Fisher-Black finished in the third position of the time trial of the National Championships and took the victory at the elite road race. The 19-year-old rider -who also took the U23 title- beat Ella Harris and Teresa Adam after catching the lone escapee of the day and forcing a reduced final sprint.

"I’m so proud of having won the title, it’s my first title and it is amazing to have succeeded today," said Fisher-Black after the race. "We had a plan going into the race, but as is often the case in cycling, it didn't quite pan out the way we had anticipated. However, in the end, the legs did the talking and I was able to take the title."

On the same day, Niamh's younger brother Finn took the victory of the U23 road race, which is his second national title after also winning the time trial title. The rider of Jumbo-Visma Development Team competed in a joint course with the elite and he was the first U23 rider to cross the finish line.

"I had a very good day", he said. "George (Bennett) and I rode a strong race. It's a shame he couldn't finish it, because he was so close. I would have preferred we both went home with the victory. This title means a lot to me and I am happy that I have been able to take the win."

Finn's teammate George Bennett finished in the second position of the elite race, behind Shane Archbold and ahead of Dylan Kennett.