CyclingNZ Home

Notice: Use of undefined constant aperson - assumed 'aperson' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in called from on line in /home/cycling/public_html/cnz5_connect.php on line 57
Blackgrove Rocks into Yellow in PowerNet Tour
6 Nov, 2009

Waimate professional Heath Blackgrove regained the tour leader's yellow jersey on a pivotal, penultimate day of the PowerNet Tour of Southland.

 

The Zookeepers-Cycle Surgery rider took advantage of outstanding tactics from his team as key teams including that of the previous leader Jack Bauer (Share The Road), Subway Avanti and US-based Bissell Pro all missed the vital early break on the 165km leg from Winton to Te Anau.

 

A group of 15 riders broke clear early and most remained intact for more than 150kms before brilliant junior Patrick Bevin (Taupo, Ascot Park Hotel) outsprinted a group of experienced riders to claim his second stage of the tour.

It also virtually assured the teenage Taupo rider with the overall sprint honours with two stages remaining to Invercargill tomorrow.

 

Blackgrove finished fourth in the same time to reclaim the lead that he relinquished when he missed the break on stage five from Tuatapere.

 

Tomorrow's final two stages will be a monumental battle with Blackgrove holding just an 11 second advantage over Olympic track medallist Marc Ryan (Timaru, ColourPlus) with the honours likely to be decided between the two cycling heavyweights.

Bauer is now 1m 07s behind in third and Bissell's best, Peter Latham is 1m 32sec down. Both will need a massive effort and upset to reach the top of the podium.

 

"We knew it would be an important day, the second longest stage in a row, and our tactics were to outsmart Jack's team," Blackgrove said.

"The break came earlier than we expected but we had two riders in the break and with Marc Ryan also there, who was high up on GC, I could not have hoped for a better bunch. We all worked hard to keep clear.

"It was a surprise that Bauer's team, Bissell and Subway missed that break."

 

Blackgrove, the Athens Olympian, said while he could have worked harder for the stage win, he was really focussed on the yellow jersey.

"That was the most important thing. It was still tight over the last 5km and I concentrated on working hard to maximize the time difference."

Blackgrove said he was disappointed to lose the yellow jersey on day three and expects a huge battle tomorrow.

 

"This Tour has often been won or lost on the last stage so I expect it will go down to the wire. I have faith in my team to provide the cover and get me home."

The leading pack opened an advantage of nearly four minutes with 50km remaining and while the peloton worked exceptionally hard, contenders Bauer and Latham lost more than two minutes to the leaders.

 

American Floyd Landis showed up for the first time to ride prominently in the front pack, finishing ninth to move to 14th overall on general classification, nearly 12 minutes behind the leader.

 

Zookeepers-Cycle Surgery extended their advantage in the teams' battle and now have a seemingly safe 10m 25s advantage over Bici Vida, while Australian Ben King (Calder Stewart) has an iron grip on the king of the mountains title.

 

The final day will be decided with a morning 79km stage from Te Anau to Lumsden and 65km stage from Winton to Invercargill in the afternoon.

Click to enlarge...

CONTINUE READING
Latest News
The Cycling Advocates Network (CAN) welcomes an increase in the driving age to 16, but says the government also needs to invest in professional cycle training to improve road safety. CAN spokesperson Anne FitzSimon says one of the best ways to raise driving standards is to make cycle training >>
This weekend I got my first taste of NRC racing in America. The Dana Point GP race on sunday was a 90min crit round a fast but very technical circuit in the streets of Dana Point, with a huge crowd and the top US teams present it was a pretty big event and had an awesome atmosphere. Bike Religion >>
Looking for a different challenge and some fun a West Coast couple riding a Unicycle are amongst the 1100 riders doing the Around Brunner Cycle event on the West Coast this Saturday. "We've been riding unicycles for around three years now," Alison Dixon from Blackball said. "It started off >>
Latest Articles
Former world Champion Hayden Godfrey is the latest big name to enter the Around Brunner elite road race this weekend. The 2008 Omnium World Champion was knocked off his bike in Christchurch in February, putting his arm through a car windscreen which required surgery meaning he missed valuable >>
This weekend is again a busy weekend for the Mico/All About Plumbing Cycling team presented by Revolution Racing. Saturday has the team lining up on the West Coast in Greymouth for the 130km National Point Series (NPS) Around Brunner Cycle Ride. Team director Steve Elden says "the ride or race for >>
Less than two weeks after entries opened, interest is already high in Cycling Southland's Harrex Group Corporate Pursuit being held in June. Organisers expect to easily fill the field of 32 corporate teams that will compete in New Zealand's only indoor velodrome in Invercargill in a grading >>
 Photo Gallery

Notice: Use of undefined constant pid - assumed 'pid' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in display_page_bottom called from /home/cycling/public_html/cnz5_profiles.php on line 272 in /home/cycling/public_html/cnz5_connect.php on line 57

Notice: Use of undefined constant ptitle - assumed 'ptitle' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in display_page_bottom called from /home/cycling/public_html/cnz5_profiles.php on line 272 in /home/cycling/public_html/cnz5_connect.php on line 57

Notice: Use of undefined constant ptitle - assumed 'ptitle' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in display_page_bottom called from /home/cycling/public_html/cnz5_profiles.php on line 272 in /home/cycling/public_html/cnz5_connect.php on line 57
Criterium National Champs

Notice: Use of undefined constant pid - assumed 'pid' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in display_page_bottom called from /home/cycling/public_html/cnz5_profiles.php on line 272 in /home/cycling/public_html/cnz5_connect.php on line 57

Notice: Use of undefined constant ptitle - assumed 'ptitle' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in display_page_bottom called from /home/cycling/public_html/cnz5_profiles.php on line 272 in /home/cycling/public_html/cnz5_connect.php on line 57

Notice: Use of undefined constant ptitle - assumed 'ptitle' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in display_page_bottom called from /home/cycling/public_html/cnz5_profiles.php on line 272 in /home/cycling/public_html/cnz5_connect.php on line 57
Waterfront TT 24 Oct '09

Notice: Use of undefined constant pid - assumed 'pid' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in display_page_bottom called from /home/cycling/public_html/cnz5_profiles.php on line 272 in /home/cycling/public_html/cnz5_connect.php on line 57

Notice: Use of undefined constant ptitle - assumed 'ptitle' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in display_page_bottom called from /home/cycling/public_html/cnz5_profiles.php on line 272 in /home/cycling/public_html/cnz5_connect.php on line 57

Notice: Use of undefined constant ptitle - assumed 'ptitle' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in display_page_bottom called from /home/cycling/public_html/cnz5_profiles.php on line 272 in /home/cycling/public_html/cnz5_connect.php on line 57
Tour de Femme 2009

Notice: Use of undefined constant pid - assumed 'pid' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in display_page_bottom called from /home/cycling/public_html/cnz5_profiles.php on line 272 in /home/cycling/public_html/cnz5_connect.php on line 57

Notice: Use of undefined constant ptitle - assumed 'ptitle' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in display_page_bottom called from /home/cycling/public_html/cnz5_profiles.php on line 272 in /home/cycling/public_html/cnz5_connect.php on line 57

Notice: Use of undefined constant ptitle - assumed 'ptitle' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in display_page_bottom called from /home/cycling/public_html/cnz5_profiles.php on line 272 in /home/cycling/public_html/cnz5_connect.php on line 57
Tour of Southland
Home Kiwi Riders Sports Science Beginners Articles Riders Reports Tech Corner Contact
© Cyclingnz.com 2020 | Login | Design by OnfireDesign