2015 SBS Bank Tour of Southland - November 1 to 7
EVANS ADDS 2015 SBS BANK TOUR TO HIS RESUME
7/11/15 - A keen student of southern cycling, Brad Evans was a proud man after winning the 2015 SBS Bank Tour of Southland in Invercargill today.
The PowerNet rider became just the third Otago man after inaugural winner Kelvin Hastie in 1956 and Gordon McCauley (1996) to win New Zealand’s most prestigious stage race.
“I’ve been down these ways many times. I’ve done the junior Tour of Southland six or seven times growing up - similar courses, similar conditions.This was my fourth or fifth tour, I’ve just been so happy with how I’ve gone this week, so happy with how all my teammates have ridden into the ground for me. They gave me everything, every day,” he said.
Starting the day with a 14sec lead over Australian Robbie Hucker (Barry Stewart Builders), Evans finished fifth in the morning’s individual time trial around the Winton circuit, but crucially extended his lead to 1min 11sec over Hucker.
Joe Cooper headed off national time trial champion Michael Vink to win the Winton stage for the third time, but all eyes were on the skies as heavy rain made life trying for the riders as they came to the end of the 900km race with an 82km Ascot Park Hotel-sponsored stage from Winton to Invercargill.
Having been the strongest rider in the race for most of the week, there was no denying Evans over the final stage.
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