New Zealand cyclist Tom Scully claims La Route du Sud tour stage win

Southland cyclist Tom Scully.
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Southland cyclist Tom Scully.

New Zealand cyclist Tom Scully has powered to a breakthrough victory in a sprint finish in the final stage of La Route du Sud tour in France.

Scully, 27, recorded stage victory on the 155km tilt from Gers-Saint Michel to Nogaro with a mixture of craft and strength.

According to the Cannondale-Drapac team website, it was the second stage victory in a row for the team, and Scully's first World Tour level stage win.

New Zealand track cycling sprinter Bradly Knipe.
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New Zealand track cycling sprinter Bradly Knipe.

"I knew it would be hard for a team to chase in the heat, as it was really easy to go into the red in these conditions," Scully said.

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The Southland rider was one of five riders of the original nine-rider break that stayed in front of the peloton on the line.

The peloton closed in on the group in the final metres to result in a bunch sprint finish.

Scully crossed at the head of a 24-man group to notch a second career stage win in Europe.

"I wasn't particularly aiming for a stage win coming into this race, but it's always on the cards when you can have the freedom to get in the breakaway," Scully said.

Meanwhile, Scully's team-mate and compatriot Patrick Bevin produced some excellent form on the nine-stage Tour de Suisse.

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Bevin was 10th-quickest in the 28.6km time trial to record his third top-10 finish of the World Tour event.

In the United States, New Zealand sprint team trio of Bradly Knipe, Zac Williams and Jordan Castle claimed first place in the World Series of Bicycling in Trexlertown.

The trio won the final in a time of 1:00.845 to edge their Dutch rivals in the final.

Southland's Emma Cumming and her team-mate Jessie Hodges picked up third place in the women's sprint.

 - Stuff

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