Victory for Kiwi cyclist Finn Fisher-Black in Istrian Spring Trophy

New Zealand cyclist Finn Fisher-Black has claimed victory at the Istrian Spring Trophy in Croatia overnight.
He was able to close the gap for general classification in the last stage, claiming his second victory of the season.

It follows two top-10 stage finishes in the four-day race for the New Zealander.

The Jumbo-Visma Development Team rider was just one second behind the leader of the race prior to the last stage.

Nelson road and track cyclist Finn Fisher-Black has won the general classification at the Istrian Spring Trophy.

Because of a time bonus at the intermediate sprint, the 19-year-old managed to gain enough seconds to take over the lead.

We really did it as a team, he said.

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It was actually a perfect day. The team kept me in the right position throughout the stage.

He said it was exciting because a leading group seemed to make it to the finish.

Fortunately, we managed to get them back. It is my first overall victory in a stage race. Especially the way we have done it is very special, he said.

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Finn Fisher -Black won the NZ U23 championship in February.

Sports director Robert Wagner was pleased with the result.

We planned to go full for the bonus seconds and that plan worked out, he said.

Finn finished it off very nicely there. After that sprint it was a very tough race with a lot of wind and rain.

They did a really great job. We started the race well and ended it well. The men were one of the youngest riders here, but they rode like cannons and that is great to see.

The win now puts Fisher-Black 87th on the PCS Rankings table, after winning the New Zealand Under 23 Championship in February and finishing second in the New Zealand Cycle Classic in January.

Jumbo-Visma Development Teams next race is the one-day Youngster Coast Challenge in Germany on March 19.


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