James Oram tipped to be fit for Glasgow Games

HAMISH BIDWELL
Last updated 05:00 20/05/2014
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CLASSY: James Oram should be good to go for Glasgow later in the year.

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James Oram s still expected to take his place in the Commonwealth Games road race.

The 20-year-old suffered fractures to his wrist and elbow last week, while riding in the Tour of California for his American Bissell Development team. Oram has since returned to New Zealand and underwent CT scan of his injuries in Auckland yesterday.

Early indications are that the fractures are not too serious and Oram could be back on his bike within two to three weeks.

Oram had started the Tour of California with high hopes, with his team manager, Axel Merckx, son of the legendary Eddy Merckx, predicting the promising all-rounder was a chance of winning the overall title.

A crash on the third stage put paid to any of that and the eight-stage event was eventually won by former Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins. Oram was one of six riders named in New Zealand's Commonwealth Games road squad and, at this stage, no replacement is being lined up.

If someone was required, Wellington's Joe Cooper would be at very long odds to be called in and he continued his strong form in Australia over the weekend. The Johnsonville rider won the Battle of the Borders tour to extend his lead in the National Road Series (NRS) standings.

Riding for the Avanti team, Cooper topped the NRS standings coming into last year's Battle of the Borders, but faltered on the Mt Waring climb. But he said he was in better shape this time round and thanked his team for pacing him up the mountain.

While Cooper cleaned up the general classification, the final stage was won by Hawke's Bay's Fraser Gough. It was the New Zealand under-23 time trial champion's first win in an NRS race and he took it in style, after riding away from the bunch about 10 kilometres from the finish.

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