Commentators John Cardwell and Jon Bridges brought us a blow-by-blow description of every stage finish, culminating in the gripping finale which went all the way to the final sprint on Gala Street, Invercargill on Saturday November 6th.
06/11/2010 - Hayden Roulston started the stage in yellow, just 4 seconds in front of Jack Bauer. With time bonuses up for graps on the Gala Street sprint and finish line it was anyone's race as the peleton swept into central Invercargill, chasing down a leading group of three riders.
06/11/2010 - Jack Bauer began the stage in yellow with the smallest of margins, just 3 seconds seperated Bauer and second-placed Hayden Roulston. Many of the recent PowerNet Tours have been decided on the final day. 2010 would be no different.
05/11/2010 - For the first time this week the famous Tour of Southland weather arrived with the field having to contend with rain and wind. It proved to be one of the defining stgaes of the race as Hayden Roulston took off on the descent down the Blackmount Hill and only Jack Bauer had the legs to stay with him in a straight sprint to the finish in Te Anau.
04/11/2010 - Jeremy Yates was looking to consolidate his hold on the Yellow jersey in a stage he won last year and a total of four times previously. He would again prove his climbing prowess following what could have been a disasterous fall.
03/11/2010 - The afternoon stage flew out of Tuatapere along the scenic southern coast, minus the devastating cross-winds which more often than not take their toll on the peloton. Another breakaway of four riders had the bunch breathing down their neck as they descended on Winton for another super fast finish.
03/11/2010 - The PowerNet Tour peloton headed west and again it was another three-man breakaway which tried to hold off the bunch. This 70km/h bunch sprint finish, complete with tail-wind, will live long in the memory.
02/11/2010 - The biggest single stage of the PowerNet Tour took the riders on a winding journey through eastern and northern Southland before finishing on Hokonui Drive Gore. Bevan Mason and Joe Cooper did their best to hold off the chasing pack after kicking clear of the other contenders around 15 kilometres from the finish.
01/11/2010 - After a major pile-up before hitting Bluff, the climb up Bluff Hill was more tortuous than ever. Alex Meenhorst and Roman van Uden started the climb first, but the big guns quickly started to come to the fore as the climb began.
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