Oram into the break and takes the mountains jersey at Tour of Korea

Bi Wenhui goes in the break, before Niu Yikui takes 10th on stage Tour in Korea
June 13, 2019
Oram maintains his lead in the mountains classification after stage 4 in Korea
June 15, 2019

New Zealander James Oram had an active third stage at the Tour of Korea today, making it into the day’s main breakaway to collect King of the Mountains points and move into the Mountains Classification lead.

It took a while before the breakaway established itself with many riders attacking but unable to open up a gap, then finally after 40kilometres a group of four-riders including the Mitchelton-BikeExchange headed away from the bunch.

The group sat around two-minutes ahead of the bunch but as they came closer to the main climb of the day, the cohesion between the four began to lessen. Oram continued to push on, making sure the group stayed away so he could collect the KOM points, before two more riders bridged across as the peloton began to close in.

After all their efforts, Oram and the other breakaway riders were swallowed up with around 50kilometres to go, and almost immediately after, two-riders took their chances and went on the attack. Surviving all the way to the line, the two riders contest the stage victory. 

Behind, Oram and Liu Jiankun finished safely in the main bunch, with Oram in 26th place and moving into 15th place overall with two more stages to come.

Andrew Smith – Sport Director

“The plan was to get someone in the breakaway today. James managed to get into a group of four , about 40kilometres into the stage and we were hoping he could get some bonus seconds at the intermediate sprint. 

“The other riders in the breakaway weren’t really committed, but James stuck to the plan and managed to take the KOM points before more riders bridged the gap. 

“From here on, peloton never really allowed the break too much room and with about 50kilometres to go a much reduced peloton caught the break before two riders, Zaccanti (Nippo) and Perry (Cycling Academy), rode away with 40kilometres to take the stage as nobody was really able or willing to chase.” 

Tour of Korea – Stage 3 Results:

1. Ben Perry (Isreal Cycling Academy)

2. Filippo Zaccanti (Nippo Vini Fantini)

3. Corbin Strong (St George’s Continental Team

26. James Oram (Mitchelton-BikeExchange)

General Classification after stage 3:

1. Filippo Zaccanti (Nippo Vini Fantini)

2. Ben Perry (Isreal Cycling Academy)

3. Youcef Reguigui (Terengganu Cycling Team)

15. James Oram (Mitchelton-BikeExchange)


环韩国第3赛段 奥拉姆突围穿上爬坡王圆点衫
6月14日,环韩国自行车赛来到第3赛段也是本届比赛距离最长的赛段,从丹阳到三陟的比赛里程达到178公里,途中包括了一个3级爬坡点。绿刃中国发展车队的新西兰车手詹姆斯·奥拉姆在本赛段突围成功,并且在赛后穿上了爬坡王圆点衫。
和前一赛段一样,本赛段早期各支车队再次为了跻身突围集团而产生了激烈的争夺。经过40公里的反复拉扯,包括奥拉姆在内的四名车手突围成功。在途中的3级爬坡点,奥拉姆率先过线并获得了6分的爬坡积分,与当前的圆点衫得主、在第2赛段突围的韩国车手权善英积分相同,这也就意味着只要奥拉姆能够在本赛段的主集团中过线,就能够以总成绩排名较高的优势从对手身上抢过圆点衫。
爬坡点过后,突围集团继续配合的意愿不强,他们也在距终点50公里处就被主集团早早追回。随后两名车手立即发动进攻并迅速建立了领先优势,最终的赛段冠军也在这两人中产生。以色列自行车学院车队的本·佩里(Ben Perry)在一对一冲刺中战胜了意大利日波车队的菲利波·扎坎蒂(Filippo Zaccanti),两人在分享赛段冠亚军的同时也来到总成绩榜前两位,主集团则在1分钟之后才通过终点线。奥拉姆顺利随主集团完赛获得爬坡王圆点衫,并且在总成绩榜上暂居第15位。
安德鲁·史密斯(体育主管):
“今天我们的赛前计划就是派出车手进入突围集团。在突围竞争如此激烈的情况下,奥拉姆的成功突围很令我们感到欣喜,而爬坡王圆点衫就是对他的最佳鼓励。最后50公里又有两位车手从主集团出走,这就不是我们能左右的事情了。总体来说我们在这个赛段的表现非常不错。”
环韩国第3赛段成绩:
1,本·佩里(以色列自行车学院车队)4:01:18
2,菲利波·扎坎蒂(意大利日波车队)+0:01
26,詹姆斯·奥拉姆(绿刃中国发展车队)+1:25
环韩国第3赛段后总成绩:
1,菲利波·扎坎蒂(意大利日波车队)9:12:41
2,本·佩里(以色列自行车学院车队)+0:41

15,詹姆斯·奥拉姆(绿刃中国发展车队)+1:19