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Vink Goes Back To Back In SBS Bank Tour of Southland

Cantabrian Michael Vink has won back-to-back SBS Bank Tour of Southland titles.

The first rider to successfully defend his title since Hayden Roulston in 2008, Vink (Placemakers) finished third in this morning’s individual time trial and controlled the front of the race over the final 77km stage from Winton to Invercargill to win by 2min 38sec from PowerNet rider Alex Heaney, with Hamish Schreurs third overall at 4min 23sec.

Riders to have won multiple Southland titles include Roulston, Gordon McCauley, Graeme Miller, Brian Fowler, Jack Swart, Stephen Cox, Warwick Dalton and Tino Tabak.

“Winning back-to-back is pretty special. I looked up a couple of nights ago to see who had done it and it’s really a who’s who of New Zealand cycling, so to be up there with those guys is a pretty cool feeling.”

Vink’s victory was built on a tremendous performance by his Placemakers team in the fifth stage from Invercargill to Gore on Friday after it looked like Mexican rider Eder Frayre had climbed his way into an untouchable position after winning both Coronet Peak and Bluff Hill.

 

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And it’s a stage win to Dylan Kennett of Team Placemakers with @cammy.stew second and local hero @corbin.strong in third. But the yellow stays on the shoulders of @michael.vink for the second yeAr following a superb ride on Friday. To watch the highlights tonight check out free-to-air coverage on TV1 at 11pm, with an omnibus replay of the whole race on channel Duke (Sky 23, Freeview 13) tomorrow from 12.10pm. #roadcycling #roadcyclist #tourofsouthland #TOS2019 #cycling #cyclerace #bike #biker #ride #ridelife #cycle #cyclist #bikeinstagram #bikestagram #cyclingphotooftheday #cyclinglife #cyclingphotos #cyclingshots #cyclinglove #cyclingtour #cyclingphoto #mysouthland #invercargill #bestraceinnz

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“I’ve done this tour 10 times and I know there’s always a chance, you’ve just got to find it. We got our chance on the way to Gore and we took it with both hands. The way the team rode was absolutely phenomenal.”

Vink has been competing in Southland for a decade and was a two-time runner up before breaking through in 2018.

The succcessful Placemakers team with 2019 SBS Bank Tour of Southland champion Michael Vink. photo: James Jubb/Studio Jubb

“I guess you can say that when it rains it pours, and that’s not just the Southland weather. The first win definitely was the hardest, but each one is special in its own way,” he said.

“I was pretty nervous last night. When you’ve got one hand on the trophy you’ve got more to lose. I knew it was about getting the small things right, having a good time trial and getting the boys together for the final stage. To have Dylan get the stage win was the perfect way to end the tour.”

 

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What a week it’s been. We’ve had💨, 🌧,☀️and a bit more 💨. It’s been an 🚲 race of epic proportions, epitomised by Team Placemakers efforts on Friday to put @michael.vink in to the yellow jersey, something he wouldn’t let go off. A worthy 🏆🏆 champion of the #bestraceinnz! To watch the highlights tonight check out free-to-air coverage on TV1 at 11pm, with an omnibus replay of the whole race on channel Duke (Sky 23, Freeview 13) tomorrow from 12.10pm. #roadcycling #roadcyclist #tourofsouthland #TOS2019 #cycling #cyclerace #bike #biker #ride #ridelife #cycle #cyclist #bikeinstagram #bikestagram #cyclingphotooftheday #cyclinglife #cyclingphotos #cyclingshots #cyclinglove #cyclingtour #cyclingphoto #mysouthland #invercargill #bestraceinnz

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Vink will now have a week off before heading to Asia for a week-long stage race, followed by the Pioneer mountainbike race where he will attempt to defend his title with Tim Rush.

Dylan Kennett completed an outstanding final day on the 2019 tour, backing up his win in the time trial with the stage win in Gala St to finish the tour.

Placemakers rider Dylan Kennett wins the final stage of the 2019 SBS Bank Tour of Southland in Invercargill’s Gala St. photo: James Jubb/Studio Jubb

Kennett edged out his New Zealand track cycling teammates Campbell Stewart (Base Solutions Racing-WCNI) and Corbin Strong (Team Skoda Fruzio) for the stage win.

Strong won the Grant Toomey memorial trophy for first Southlander home, finishing seventh overall and second in the under 23 classification, which was taken out on the last stage by Dutch rider Antonie Van Noppen (PowerNet), who was also fourth overall.

Ollie Jones (PowerNet) won the King of the Mountain classification, with Southland’s Tom Sexton (Business South) taking out the Sprint Ace’s green jersey and taking Most Combative honours for the final stage.

After a superb second-placing in the individual time trial and a strong finish, Glenn Haden (Coupland’s Bakeries) came through to claim the over 35 Silver jersey.

PowerNet was a comfortable winner in the team classification.

 

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