Glasgow-bound Henderson grabs stage win in Netherlands

New Zealand cyclist Greg Henderson built on his recent outstanding form to solo to victory in stage two of the Ster ZLM Toer in the Netherlands today.

Henderson, who will be a key component in New Zealand’s road race team at next month’s Commonwealth Games, sprinted clear of Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) and his Lotto-Belisol teammate Andrew Geipel.

The Kiwi veteran, rated one of the best lead-out riders in the business, was working to set-up Greipel for the sprint finish before the sprint star told Henderson to go for it himself.

"This victory was a really nice surprise," Henderson said. "We were preparing the bunch sprint for André.”

After leading through the final corner, Henderson got the nod to go for it.

“I went and put my head down with 300 meters to go. I thought this are going to be a long 300 meters. I went as hard as I could to the finish line, hoping they wouldn't catch me anymore and I took the win.

"I've got a good condition at the moment. I'm happy when André wins, then I've done a good job as a lead-out. This stage win is an extra cherry on the top. It was totally unexpected.”

Henderson and fellow World Tour riders Jack Bauer and Jesse Sergent will lead the New Zealand team in the road race at Glasgow, after fellow professional George Bennett informed BikeNZ that he has been forced to withdraw as he is required to ride in the Tour of Poland which starts on the same day as the road race.