Date: Wednesday, 20 September 2017

New Zealand cyclist Matt Zenovich "felt pretty bloody good" to claim his first overseas stage win on the 2017 Tour of Poyang Lake in China on Saturday, he enjoyed it so much he did it again on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old Southlander picked up the 131km fifth stage to Mount Longhu, Yingtan on Saturday riding for the Australian-based St George Continental Cycling Team and also picked up stage seven.

"Yeah I threw the hands in the air for the first time for me at an international race," he said.

"I've had a good relaxing year and it's paying off now, the team is working really well together and that's why the results have been so good, four stage wins out of seven."

"We are all in a good head space and really just enjoying the racing and awesome scenery here in China."

Zenovich edged Dutch rider Sven van Luijck and Colombian Daniel Balsero in a sprint finish on Saturday, while the Kiwi's team-mate Kaden Groves picked up fourth place. 

The winners recorded the time of 3:00.25 and an average speed of 43.6km/h.

The 12-stage race finishes on Saturday, before Zenovich heads to Indonesia for his next race before eventually returning to ride in New Zealand, with the SBS Bank Tour of Southland starting at the end of October. 

Article courtesy Stuff


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