Blackgrove takes Tour of Southland lead
Waimate's Heath Blackgrove will wear the yellow jersey on the first road stage of the Tour of Southland tomorrow.
The United States-based professional, who won the tour in 2009, was the first rider across the line as his PowerNet team took out the prologue this afternoon, a 4.2km team time trial around Invercargill's Queens Park.
Myron Simpson was the first under 23 rider across the line with the PowerNet team, while Calder Stewart's Michael Vink will wear the sprint ace jersey and Subway Pro Cycling's Dylan Kennett will get first use of the King of the Mountain jersey.
The time trial was held in blustery, cool conditions, with the winning time of 5:04.5 nearly 25sec slower than last year's winning time.
Calder Stewart produced the second fastest time of the day with a 5:06.1, one of three teams within half a second of each other.
Tomorrow's first stage takes the riders 160km from Invercargill out through Western Southland, finishing in the Northern Southland township of Lumsden.
The stage gets underway at 10am and will finish about 2pm.
PowerNet 5:04.5 1; Calder Stewart 5:06.1 2; Subway Pro Cycling 5:06.2 3; PureBlack Racing 5:06.6 4; Node 4-Subaru 5:10.6 5; Ascot Park Hotel-Kia Southland-NZ Bike Mag 5:11.4 6; Bissell :5:11.5 7; Share the Road 5:14.5 8; H&Js Outdoor World-Avanti Plus 5:18.6 9; Stewart Imrie Financial Services 5:19.2 10; Creation Signs-L&M Group Racing 5:19.2 11; Olphert Contracting-McKenzie Craik 5:22.9 12; Barry Stewart Builders-Gordon McCauley Cocahing 5:24.0 13; Southsure Insurance Team 5:24.6 14; Henderson Construction Ltd 5:26.7 15; Team Hydraulink 5:28.5 16; Team Polygon 5:28.8 17; The Southland Times 5:37.1 18; Ultimo 5:38.0 19; Southern Institue of Technology 5:39.4 20; Versatile Homes and Buildings 5:42.9 21.
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