Day 7 Stage 8 - Vink takes third SBS Bank Tour of Southland title
Michael Vink (Transport Engineering Southland - Talley's) has claimed his third SBS Bank Tour of Southland title in four years as the tour finished on Gala Street in Invercargill. Campbell Stewart (Bolton Equities Black Spoke Pro Cycling) won the final stage.
Day 7 Stage 7 - Vink smashes TT to line up third title
Michael Vink won the individual time trial in Winton, smashing Hamish Bond's course record in the process. This puts him in prime position to take his third SBS Bank Tour of Southland title in four years.
James Fouché won the battle, taking the stage win into Gore, but Michael Vink is one step closer to winning the war as he takes an almost two minute lead into the final day of racing.
Campbell Pithie went on the attack again on the way from Invercargill to Bluff, and claimed his second stage win of this year's SBS Bank Tour of Southland.
Southland local Josh Burnett soared to his maiden stage win in the SBS Bank Tour of Southland on the biggest stage of all, dancing up the brutal slopes of The Remarkables.
Campbell Pithie broke away and held off the peloton to take a stunning solo victory on the Te Anau waterfront on a day when the big teams put in some big hits, with Michael Vink defending the yellow jersey.
Two-time champion Michael Vink has made a major claim for a third title on stage two of the SBS Bank Tour of Southland. The Cantabrian was quick to thank his Transport Engineering Southland-Talley’s team mates after a challenging 172km stage from Invercargill to Lumsden which featured two gravel sections for the first time.
Campbell Stewart (Bolton Equities Black Spoke Pro Cycling) made the best possible start to the SBS Bank Tour of Southland as his team won the Prologue team time trial before Stewart won the Stage 1 street race.