Evans sprint pays off

NATHAN BURDON
Last updated 05:00 21/01/2014
Brad Evans
NICOLE GOURLEY
Brad Evans wins Gore to Invercargill Cycle Race

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Otago's Brad Evans took out last night's Gore to Invercargill bike race after a furious sprint up Tay St.

Evans, who was competing in his final year as an under-23 rider at the recent national road championships in Christchurch, narrowly headed off Southland's Josh Haggerty, with Nick Kergozou third overall and the fastest junior.

The trio were all part of a scratch bunch which worked hard into the headwind, just managing to catch the front bunch in the final stages of the race, with Evans winning first and fastest honours in the handicap race in 1hr 33min.

It was a pleasing result for the PowerNet rider, who just missed out on a stage win in November's SBS Bank Tour of Southland when he finished second to Matt Zenovich in the stage to Te Anau.

''We were chasing break and they had four minutes, so we weren't too sure how it was going to go. It was a pretty hard headwind so we decided to hit it hard at the start and try and catch them and then work together with them to catch the other groups.''

Otago's Elyse Fraser was the first female rider home.Evans' focus now switches to the track, where he will ride in the national omnium championships in Invercargill and the national track championships being staged for the first time in the new Cambridge velodrome.

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