Patrick Bevin's breakthrough 2014 season has continued with the Taupo cyclist claiming the sprint honours in the Tour of Ireland overnight.
New Zealand teammates Cameron Karwowski and Hamish Schreurs worked hard to ensure Bevin was in position to win the sprint points on offer during the final stage.
Bevin worked his way up to the leading group in the peloton, riding to protect his lead in the race for the green jersey.
He won two stages during the eight-day tour and had the tour lead before teammates Marc Ryan and Liam Aitcheson fell ill.
Without their added firepower the New Zealand team struggled to support Bevin in his pursuit of the yellow jersey, but did enough to secure him the green.
Austria's Clemens Fankhauser won the tour ahead of Briton Alex Peters.
Bevin said he was delighted with the performance.
The New Zealand team were competing in the Tour of Ireland as a buildup to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July.
Bevin was a surprise inclusion in the New Zealand track cycling team after a stunning display at the elite and under-19 track cycling championships in February.
He forced the selectors' hands with his efforts at the new Avantidrome in Cambridge, winning gold in the points race, silver in the individual pursuit, and bronze in the scratch race.
The New Zealand squad returns to its base in Belgium today to continue their preparations for Glasgow.
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