Archbold in top pre-Games form
Sun, 08 Jul 2012 2:25p.m.
Track cyclist Shane Archbold gave his Olympic hopes a boost in winning the penultimate stage of the Tour de la Dordogne in France today (NZT).
Archbold, 23, took out the individual time trial, the only rider to go under 14 minutes on the lumpy 10.6km circuit around Bergerac in south-west France.
Archbold, who will contest the six-discipline omnium in London next month, clocked 13min 56.76sec to win by more than five seconds from Frenchman Christophe Laporte.
New Zealand Olympic teammate Aaron Gate was third in 14:06.95.
BikeNZ team manager Stephen Connell says Archbold's effort showed he was nearing top form for the Games.
"Shane has been training very hard with some big miles and was smoking today."
The four-stage tour finishes with a challenging final 160km hilly stage to Perigueux on Monday.
The New Zealand cyclists then travel to Bordeaux where the full Olympic team will assemble for their final track preparation camp before London.
The women's endurance track squad has already arrived in Bordeaux after training in the US, while the sprint squad are currently training and racing in Germany.
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