Team News: Stage win and 2nd on GC for Ian Bibby

Ian Bibby (JLT Condor) sailed to victory on Saturday winning the Queen Stage of the New Zealand Cycle Classic and the next day finished the race second overall

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Team News: Stage win and 2nd on GC for Ian Bibby
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Victory on stage 4
Ian Bibby out-sprinted the remnants of the bunch to win stage four of the New Zealand Cycle Classic, after a perfect set up by teammate Matt Gibson.

Stage win, second on final stage, second overall and Points winner – Ian Bibby

Bibby was part of a ten rider group that reached the foot of Admiral Hill after five punishing climbs on stage four of the UCI ranked race in New Zealand. The group was chasing loan leader, JLT Condor’s Matt Gibson, who had attacked alone at 30km to go on Te Wharau Hill, known locally as ‘the wall’. Gibson was eventually caught on the lower slopes of the 9km ascent of Admiral Hill and Ian Bibby immediately counter-attacked to claim the stage win.

All or nothing for general classification podium
Sunday’s final stage proved to be anything but a ceremonial affair with a bunch sprint. Eager to move JLT Condor’s Tom Stewart and Ian Bibby further up the general classification John Herety instructed his six rider squad to attack from the gun.

The move forced a split in the peloton and a group of eleven riders moved clear including Ian Bibby and Tom Stewart. The duo in burgundy and blue drove the pace of the break to distance themselves from the yellow jersey, who had missed the move. After 120km of racing Brisbane Continental’s Jordan Kerby sprinted home for the stage win and Ian Bibby crossed the line in second, JLT Condor’s Tom Stewart was third.

Second on the final stage for Bibby

The efforts of the team move Ian Bibby into 2nd on the general classification and earn him the green sprints jersey.

JLT Condor team manager John Herety was thrilled for his team who had a solid week on the bike culminating in second place behind New Zealand on the team’s classification points table and second place for Bibby in today’s final stage.

“We’ve had a really good week – two stage wins and a second today. But the main goal today was to move up the general classification and we managed to do that. Ian Bibby’s had a great tour and we just missed out on the first day a bit which was our own fault to be honest and we tried to rectify it,” said Herety.

Focus now turns to the Jayco Herald Sun Tour (UCI 2.1), which begins with a individual time trial on January 30th in Melbourne’s central business district.

Bibby attacking his way to a stage win on stage 4

Stage 4 Result
1. Ian Bibby (GBR) – JLT Condor – 4:08:09
2. Robert Standard (AUS) – Mitchelton Bike Exchange, same time
3. Michel Potter (AUS) – Australian Cycling Academy, same time

Stage 5 Result
1. Jordan Kerby (AUS) – Brisbane Continental Cycling Team – 2:38:04
2. Ian Bibby (GBR) – JLT Condor, same time
3. Tom Stewart (GBR) – JLT Condor, same time

General Classification after 5 stages
1. Hayden McCormick (NZL) – New Zealand National Team – 15:13:57
2. Ian Bibby (GBR) – JLT Condor @ 12 seconds
3. Robert Stannard (AUS) – Mitchelton Bike Excahnge @ 12 seconds





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