Kiwis find time trial tough act

Last updated 05:00 12/08/2014

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Invercargill's Michael Culling finished 12th in the 1000m time trial on day three of the UCI Juniors Track World Championships in Korea.

The Europeans dominated the 1000m time trial with Culling best of the two Kiwis. His 12th place finish came in a time of 1min 05.617sec.

Manawatu's Jordan Castle finished 15th in 1:06.132.

Fellow Southland rider Nick Kergozou was eighth in the scratch race and sixth in the individual pursuit during the opening morning of the men's omnium competition.

He finished sixth in the elimination race in the evening session to sit in sixth spot after the first day.

BikeNZ coach Ross Machejefski said Kergozou had ridden very consistently.

The Southlander is only 10 points off a medal position with much riding on his big chance in the flying lap, the first of the three second-day events.

The star on day three for the New Zealand track team was Hawke's Bay cyclist Regan Gough.

Gough won the 25km points race at the Gwang Myeong Speedrome, which follows on from a bronze medal in the team pursuit on the first day and silver in the individual pursuit yesterday.

The outstanding prospect rode to race plan, showing patience in the early running before taking his chance to put a lap on the field. Gough won two of the last three sprints and was second in the other to climb above his rivals to claim victory. "Regan rode brilliantly," Machejefski said. "His execution was superb. His legs were smashed but we knew they would come right during the race."

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- The Southland Times

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