Protest decides Tour of Southland team trial prologue
A touch of controversy added some spice to the opening stage of the 2016 Tour of Southland on Sunday.
The 60th Tour of Southland started with a 4.2km team time trial around Queens Park in Invercargill.
The Kia Motors - Ascot Park team was initially declared the winners with a time of 5min 2sec.
The delighted team celebrated, the riders conducted media interviews, and the yellow jersey had already had their name stuck on it.
But that joy turned to disappointment when news filtered through that Mike Greer Homes had lodged and it was upheld.
The Mike Greer Homes time was taken from the transponder of the fifth place rider, instead of the fourth rider which the time is factored on.
Team officials in the van timed the ride themselves and knew something was up when there was close to eight seconds difference from what they had.
Mike Greer Homes rider Regan Gough, who grabbed the yellow jersey after the prologue, knew it wasn't right when he was initially told the time.
"We knew it was out of whack. We had similar times with our speedos and computers after the race so we knew around about the figure of what we had done, it was just matter of working out the issue," Gough said.
"[The team officials in the van] had it on time and that alerted the issue. It was all sorted and there was no issue in the end of the day."
Gough is now ready for Monday's stage from Invercargill to Lumsden with the yellow jersey on his back.
"It's going to be a tough one. It's definitely going to be a tough tour this year," he said.
"[Monday], and then up to Te Anau, following that Coronet Peak and Bluff, it's certainly going to take its toll.
"I think that is going to play a huge part on how everything unfolds."
Gough's team mates are Sam Horgan, Michael Vink, Ben Johnstone, Jason Allen and Tim Rush.
AT A GLANCE
1. Mike Greer Homes 14m18s; 2. Kia Motors - Ascot Park Hotel ST; 3. Barry Stewart Builders at 21s;
4. Team Skoda Racing at 24s; 5. PowerNet at 24s; 6. Olivers Real Food Racing at 24s; 7.
Placemakers at 27s; 8. Tineli Performance Bikewear at 30s; 9. Creation Signs - L&M Group Ricoh at
33s; 10. Vantage Windows & Doors at 42s;
Stage 1 - 170 km
Start: SIT Velodrome, Invercargill at 10am.
Invercargill to Lumsden via Otautau, Ohai, Nightcaps and Dipton.
Finish: Lumsden at 2:40pm (approx).