Welcome to NZCity
25 Feb 2017 15:13
Rio Olympics
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • News
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  • Home >  2016 Olympics >  News

    Buchanan hangs tough for fourth road win

    Rio Olympic track cyclist Rushlee Buchanan has won a record fourth national road cycling title with a well-timed sprint finish in Napier.

    7 January 2017

    Rushlee Buchanan hung tough on the hills before out-kicking fellow Rio Olympics track rider Georgia Williams and triathlete-turned-cyclist Kate McIlroy to win the national elite road championship in Napier.

    Buchanan successfully defended the title she won last year in Napier, and became the first woman to win the national title four times after wins in 2010 and 2014.

    The quartet of Buchanan, McIlroy, Williams and Michaela Drummond tracked down an early break by Hawke's Bay rider Kerri-Anne Page, pushing clear of the peloton by well over a minute.

    Drummond was dropped on the final climb of Napier Hill leaving the leading trio locked together before a tactical battle on the final 9.5km flat loop to the Napier Port.

    Williams made the initial sprint but the experience of Buchanan proved decisive as she rode over the top to claim the win.

    "I knew I wasn't the best climber out there and had to save my energy when I could and dig very, very deep when Kate and Georgia were putting the hammer down," Buchanan said.

    "I backed myself for the sprint finish. I knew I had the better jump and that played into my hands."

    McIlroy, who will move to the Specialised Women's professional cycling team in Australia this year, was pleased with her first serious efforts in the sport, after an injury-plagued final year in triathlon for the London Olympian.

    "I came here wanting to see where I stood racing against these girls who are pretty classy and experienced so to come third, I am pretty happy," McIlroy said.

    "I'm new to road cycling and hope to learn from my experiences this year and see how it goes. "

    The men race on Sunday over 169km.


    NZN





    Click here for more NZ Olympic news

     Olympics NewsLinks
      25 Feb: Snow volleyball hopes to stake claim in winter olympics (NZ Herald)
      25 Feb: Money talks as erceg walks (RadioNZ)
      25 Feb: Ranieri's dream ends in nightmare (RadioNZ)
      25 Feb: O'keefe has india in a spin (RadioNZ)
      25 Feb: Ioc suggests more changes needed in olympic host bidding (NZ Herald)
      25 Feb: Budapest assembly to vote wednesday on revoking olympic bid (NZ Herald)
      24 Feb: Wang, liu win ice dancing gold medal at asian winter games (NZ Herald)
      24 Feb: Chiefs win in dunedin (RadioNZ)
      24 Feb: Chiefs on top at half time (RadioNZ)
      24 Feb: Too much expected of shaun johnson (RadioNZ)
    more Olympics newslinks >>

    © 2017 NZCity, NZN

    NZ Olympic News


    Click for Olympic sports results




    NZ shooter Rooney struggles in New Delhi
    Kiwi Grace on track for British return
    Olympic cyclist lauds Team NZ catamaran
    Olympic cyclist to trial for Team NZ role
    Wanderers seek to end Homebush hoodoo
    Lightweight fours in doubt for Olympics
    Kiwi Olympic swimmers happy with form
    Meet records for Walsh and McCartney
    Three new caps for Football Ferns
    Kiwi speed skater wins 5000m bronze
    Wells warming up well for Winter Olympics
    Dawkins beaten at NZ track cycling champs
    Meech and Maloney set sights on Tokyo 2020
    Olympian Samuels retires from triathlons
    Olympic shot put champion competing in NZ

    © 2017 New Zealand City Ltd