It’ll be a quiz question at the end of the year, so remember this statistic: Chris Lawless is the first Brit to register a win on the road this season, coming first in stage one of the New Zealand Cycle Classic.
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JLT Condor’s Lawless somewhat upset the apple cart in Masterton on stage one, beating the resident Kiwis and a couple of Australians to the line to mark the perfect start to his time with the team.
One’s Dion Smith, a new signing from the Hincapie Racing Team, finished fourth on the stage, continuing his strong start to the season – having finished second in the New Zealand National Championships road race.
Steve Lampier (JLT Condor) was the next highest Brit after Lawless, finishing in 12th position.