17 Jun 2010

Young NZ cycling team ninth in opening time trial

8:35 am on 17 June 2010

The New Zealand cycling team is ninth after the opening team time trial in the prestigious Thuringen Rundfahrt in Germany.

The young team, which includes three teenagers, clocked a solid 29m12s on the technical and twisty 24 kilometre circuit at Bleicherode.

Coach Stu Mcdonald says having only ridden together once in training, ninth is a great ride.

Mcdonald says they showed they really wanted to learn and become smoother and faster.

The stage was won by the Australian Jayco-Skins team in 27m 42s with Team

Brandeburg second and Trek Livestrong, including New Zealand's

Jesse Sergent, third.

Tonight's second stage is 148 kilometres with two categorized climbs.