Stranded in New Zealand by Covid-19, then dropped by British Cycling: How this Scottish rider came to win his first UCI stage race

Scottish rider won first UCI ranked stage race of the year with new Bolton Equities Black Spoke team

Mark Stewart
Mark Stewart at the 2015 UCI Track Cycling World Cup
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Two years after finding himself stranded in New Zealand by the Covid-19 pandemic, Scotland's Mark Stewart has won his first UCI-ranked stage race.

Stewart, who now races for Bolton Equities Black Spoke team, won the New Zealand Cycle Classic overall after he triumphed in the hilliest stage of the race. 

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.