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Tour of Southland - 2.5

New Zealand, November 3-8, 2003

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Stage 5 - November 5: Lumsden - Crown Range, 136.8 km

Yates all class in attacking mountain stage

By Alan Messenger

Jeremy Yates (Zookeepers) attacks
Photo ©: Barry Harcourt

After a day of breakaways and the possibility of a local rider stealing the stage, today's stage of the PowerNet Tour of Southland came down to a showdown between the Tour Leader and his main adversary.

In a wheel to wheel duel over the final three kilometres, race leader Jeremy Yates (Zookeepers) fought off attacks from Scott Guyton (Southland Times) to win by a bike length with young Hot Cycles team member Aaron Strong half a minute behind in third place.

Spectacular scenery
Photo ©: Barry Harcourt

Yates, who also won this stage last year found it a lot different today. "I was a little worried about Scott. He's not a fast rider but he's a really good climber, so I had to be careful about the ride in to the finish. I knew it really well from last year but he was constantly attacking," Yates said.

With three days of the Tour still to go Yates still holds his lead of about 54 seconds intact.

Jeremy Yates' alternative training methods
Photo ©: Barry Harcourt

Perhaps the stage today belonged to two young riders. Soon after the half way mark Tim Gudsell (Southland Times) and Matt Randall (Ascot Park Hotel) made a break and were joined by Gordon McCauley, looking after the interests of the Zookeepers team, picking off the King of the Mountains points.

When the bunch caught the trio after 20km McCauley went clear again and surprisingly was joined again by Randall.

The young Southlander Randall is a trackie and rode for New Zealand in the teams pursuit event at the Manchester Commonwealth Games but a virus has kept him off the bike until recently. He dropped McCauley on the start of the final big climb but was swallowed up by the chasers only seven kilometres from the summit. Randall is using the Tour to test his fitness for a return to the track in a few weeks time.

Tomorrow the riders face the traditional moment of truth in the 15km individual time trial stage followed by a road stage from Gore to Invercargill in the afternoon.

Photography

Images by Barry Harcourt

Images by Gavin McCulloch

Results

1 Jeremy Yates (NZl) Zookeepers Café              3.45.16
2 Scott Guyton (NZl) The Southland Times             0.01
3 Aaron Strong (NZl) Hot Cycles Auckland             0.25
4 Heath Blackgrove (NZl) Zookeepers Café             1.07
5 Robin Reid (NZl) Meadow Fresh                      1.09
6 Fraser McMaster (NZl) Meadow Fresh                 1.20
7 Nicholas Kiralay (Aus) Rabobank                    1.32
8 Peter Latham (NZl) Wensleys Avanti                 1.35
9 Phillip Schneider (Swi) Meadow Fresh               1.38
10 Matt Gilbert (NZl) Calder Stewart                 1.40
11 Marc MacKay (NZl) The Southland Times             1.44
12 Matthew Randall (NZl) Ascot Park Hotel                
13 Cameron Hughes (Aus) Winton's Middle Pub              
13 Scott Lyttle (NZl) Cycle Surgery                      
15 Ben Brears (NZl) Allied SouthRoads                2.05
16 Ben Robson (NZl) Creation Signs                   2.08
17 Stephen Collins (NZl) Rabobank                    2.13
18 Stephen Elden (NZl) Hot Cycles Auckland           2.24
19 Matt King (NZl) Wensleys Avanti                   2.37
20 Michael Tolhurst (Aus) Sycamore Print             2.44
21 Greg Henderson (NZl) Winton's Middle Pub          2.54
22 Tim Gudsell (NZl) The Southland Times                 
23 Kirk Obee (USA) The Southland Times                   
24 Glen Mitchell (NZl) The Southland Times               
25 Logan Hutchings (NZl) Cycle Surgery                   
26 Danny Hillary (NZl) Cycle Surgery                     
27 Brian Fowler (NZl) Winton's Middle Pub            2.58
28 Kris Gemmell (NZl) Meadow Fresh                       
29 Karl Murray (NZl) Calder Stewart                  3.10
30 Troy Klink (NZl) Wensleys Avanti                      
31 Justin Kerr (NZl) Share The Road                      
32 Ryan Yee (USA) Hilo Decorating                    3.16
33 Ross Machejefski (NZl) Rabobank                   3.30
34 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Calder Stewart               4.17
35 Craig Pitt (NZl) Hot Cycles Auckland              4.26
36 Gordon McCauley (NZl) Zookeepers Café             5.14
37 Graham Stone (NZl) Southland Television           7.20
38 Hayden Lawrence (NZl) Southland Television        7.43
39 Lee Chapman (NZl) Share The Road                  8.08
40 Jonny Rondash (USA) Hilo Decorating               8.17
41 Jack Swart (NZl) Share The Road                   8.22
42 Simon Morcom (Aus) Team MGZT                      8.36
43 Travis Kane (NZl) Ascot Park Hotel                    
44 Joseph Chapman (NZl) Creation Signs               8.49
45 Michael Crowther (NZl) Southland Television       8.51
46 Jamie Thynne (NZl) Team Embassy PNP               9.24
47 Craig Thomson (NZl) Cycle Surgery                 9.37
48 Joel Pearson (Aus) Team MGZT                          
49 Julian Dean (NZl) Zookeepers Café                     
50 John Alabaster (NZl) Share The Road                   
51 Andrew Small (NZl) Calder Stewart                     
52 Brendan Higgins (Aus) Rabobank                        
53 Ryan Hoogenberg (NZl) Sycamore Print                  
54 Mikkeli Godfree (Aus) Team MGZT                       
55 Paul Whitley (NZl) Allied SouthRoads              9.53
56 Adam Curry (NZl) Wensleys Avanti                  9.59
57 Hayden Godfrey (NZl) Winton's Middle Pub         10.57
58 Robert Young (Aus) Team MGZT                     11.38
59 Adam Tully (Aus) Sycamore Print                  11.51
60 Garth Gregory (NZl) Team Embassy PNP                  
61 Dave Beadle (NZl) Allied SouthRoads              12.03
62 Jordan Wood (NZl) Allied SouthRoads              12.09
63 Paul Gough (NZl) Cycle Surgery                   12.16
64 Daniel Blain (NZl) Creation Signs                13.04
65 Robert Coble (USA) Hilo Decorating                    
66 Paul Davies (NZl) Team Embassy PNP               13.43
67 Corey Winder (NZl) Share The Road                     
68 Gerard O 'Flynn (NZl) Team Embassy PNP                
69 Stephen Wallis (NZl) Ascot Park Hotel            14.02
70 Josh Horowitz (USA) Hilo Decorating              14.32
71 Aaron Rushden (NZl) Calder Stewart               14.56
72 Steven Hands (NZl) Southland Television          17.56
73 Eddie Monnier (USA) Hilo Decorating                   
74 Nicholas Atkinson (NZl) Ascot Park Hotel         25.03
75 Daryl Cleghorn (NZl) Southland Television        33.12
76 Scott Allen (NZl) Wensleys Avanti                34.04
77 Matthew Yates (NZl) Zookeepers Café              34.33
 
General classification after stage 5
 
1 Jeremy Yates (NZl) Zookeepers Café             10.47.44
2 Scott Guyton (NZl) The Southland Times             0.56
3 Fraser McMaster (NZl) Meadow Fresh                 2.48
4 Marc MacKay (NZl) The Southland Times              2.50
5 Greg Henderson (NZl) Winton's Middle Pub           4.37
6 Phillip Schneider (Swi) Meadow Fresh               6.04
7 Tim Gudsell (NZl) The Southland Times              6.14
8 Matthew Randall (NZl) Ascot Park Hotel             7.12
9 Kirk Obee (USA) The Southland Times                8.59
10 Glen Mitchell (NZl) The Southland Times           9.03
11 Robin Reid (NZl) Meadow Fresh                     9.16
12 Heath Blackgrove (NZl) Zookeepers Café           10.40
13 Karl Murray (NZl) Calder Stewart                 12.03
13 Nicholas Kiralay (Aus) Rabobank                       
15 Peter Latham (NZl) Wensleys Avanti               12.25
16 Matt Gilbert (NZl) Calder Stewart                13.47
17 Troy Klink (NZl) Wensleys Avanti                 14.48
18 Aaron Strong (NZl) Hot Cycles Auckland           15.11
19 Gordon McCauley (NZl) Zookeepers Café            17.38
20 Stephen Collins (NZl) Rabobank                   18.36
21 Brian Fowler (NZl) Winton's Middle Pub           19.06
22 Craig Pitt (NZl) Hot Cycles Auckland             20.00
23 Cameron Hughes (Aus) Winton's Middle Pub         20.44
24 Lee Chapman (NZl) Share The Road                 20.52
25 Ross Machejefski (NZl) Rabobank                  22.49
26 Scott Lyttle (NZl) Cycle Surgery                 23.08
27 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Calder Stewart              23.24
28 Justin Kerr (NZl) Share The Road                 24.19
29 Logan Hutchings (NZl) Cycle Surgery              24.58
30 Matt King (NZl) Wensleys Avanti                  26.42
31 Danny Hillary (NZl) Cycle Surgery                28.41
32 Kris Gemmell (NZl) Meadow Fresh                  30.30
33 Craig Thomson (NZl) Cycle Surgery                31.11
34 Joel Pearson (Aus) Team MGZT                     31.36
35 Hayden Godfrey (NZl) Winton's Middle Pub         33.32
36 Paul Whitley (NZl) Allied SouthRoads             34.15
37 Stephen Elden (NZl) Hot Cycles Auckland          34.45
38 Michael Tolhurst (Aus) Sycamore Print            35.59
39 Julian Dean (NZl) Zookeepers Café                37.10
40 Josh Horowitz (USA) Hilo Decorating              39.04
41 John Alabaster (NZl) Share The Road              40.09
42 Ben Brears (NZl) Allied SouthRoads               40.42
43 Simon Morcom (Aus) Team MGZT                     42.02
44 Adam Curry (NZl) Wensleys Avanti                 42.22
45 Ryan Yee (USA) Hilo Decorating                   43.22
46 Ben Robson (NZl) Creation Signs                  45.54
47 Andrew Small (NZl) Calder Stewart                46.03
48 Brendan Higgins (Aus) Rabobank                   48.07
49 Dave Beadle (NZl) Allied SouthRoads              49.08
50 Ryan Hoogenberg (NZl) Sycamore Print             50.49
51 Adam Tully (Aus) Sycamore Print                  52.36
52 Jamie Thynne (NZl) Team Embassy PNP              52.53
53 Mikkeli Godfree (Aus) Team MGZT                  53.16
54 Robert Young (Aus) Team MGZT                     54.03
55 Graham Stone (NZl) Southland Television          54.09
56 Nicholas Atkinson (NZl) Ascot Park Hotel         56.09
57 Aaron Rushden (NZl) Calder Stewart             1.00.12
58 Paul Davies (NZl) Team Embassy PNP             1.02.38
59 Corey Winder (NZl) Share The Road              1.02.45
60 Scott Allen (NZl) Wensleys Avanti              1.03.01
61 Jack Swart (NZl) Share The Road                1.04.33
62 Steven Hands (NZl) Southland Television        1.04.42
63 Michael Crowther (NZl) Southland Television    1.04.43
64 Travis Kane (NZl) Ascot Park Hotel             1.05.39
65 Jonny Rondash (USA) Hilo Decorating            1.08.24
66 Stephen Wallis (NZl) Ascot Park Hotel          1.09.52
67 Paul Gough (NZl) Cycle Surgery                 1.11.10
68 Hayden Lawrence (NZl) Southland Television     1.15.03
69 Daniel Blain (NZl) Creation Signs              1.18.33
70 Matthew Yates (NZl) Zookeepers Café            1.18.44
71 Robert Coble (USA) Hilo Decorating             1.20.56
72 Joseph Chapman (NZl) Creation Signs            1.22.59
73 Garth Gregory (NZl) Team Embassy PNP           1.29.01
74 Jordan Wood (NZl) Allied SouthRoads            1.31.12
75 Eddie Monnier (USA) Hilo Decorating            1.35.11
76 Gerard O 'Flynn (NZl) Team Embassy PNP         1.40.25
77 Daryl Cleghorn (NZl) Southland Television      1.48.43
 
Sprints classification
 
1 Joel Pearson (Aus) Team MGZT                         57 pts
2 Karl Murray (NZl) Calder Stewart                     41
3 Gordon McCauley (NZl) Zookeepers Café                19
4 Hayden Godfrey (NZl) Winton's Middle Pub             16
5 Aaron Rushden (NZl) Calder Stewart                   15
6 Greg Henderson (NZl) Winton's Middle Pub             15
7 Matthew Randall (NZl) Ascot Park Hotel               13
8 Marc MacKay (NZl) The Southland Times                10
9 Robin Reid (NZl) Meadow Fresh                        10
10 Scott Guyton (NZl) The Southland Times              10
11 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Calder Stewart                  9
12 Glen Mitchell (NZl) The Southland Times              8
13 Tim Gudsell (NZl) The Southland Times                7
14 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Winton's Middle Pub            6
15 Adam Curry (NZl) Wensleys Avanti                     6
16 Ross Machejefski (NZl) Rabobank                      5
17 John Alabaster (NZl) Share The Road                  5
18 Matthew Yates (NZl) Zookeepers Café                  5
19 Fraser McMaster (NZl) Meadow Fresh                   5
20 Joseph Chapman (NZl) Creation Signs                  4
21 Jeremy Yates (NZl) Zookeepers Café                   4
22 Geoff Burndred (NZl) Rabobank                        3
23 Matt Gilbert (NZl) Calder Stewart                    3
24 Robert Young (Aus) Team MGZT                         3
25 Anthony Chapman (NZl) Creation Signs                 3
26 Jamie Thynne (NZl) Team Embassy PNP                  3
27 Stephen Elden (NZl) Hot Cycles Auckland              2
28 Kirk Obee (USA) The Southland Times                  2
29 Mikkeli Godfree (Aus) Team MGZT                      1
30 Andrew Graham (Aus) Team MGZT                        1
31 Aaron Strong (NZl) Hot Cycles Auckland               1
32 Heath Blackgrove (NZl) Zookeepers Café               1
33 Paul Bishop (NZl) Hot Cycles Auckland                1
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Gordon McCauley (NZl) Zookeepers Café                48 pts
2 Matthew Randall (NZl) Ascot Park Hotel               18
3 Jeremy Yates (NZl) Zookeepers Café                   18
4 Scott Guyton (NZl) The Southland Times               16
5 Glen Mitchell (NZl) The Southland Times              16
6 Robin Reid (NZl) Meadow Fresh                        12
7 Karl Murray (NZl) Calder Stewart                     10
8 Heath Blackgrove (NZl) Zookeepers Café                6
9 Kris Gemmell (NZl) Meadow Fresh                       6
10 Marc MacKay (NZl) The Southland Times                6
11 Joel Pearson (Aus) Team MGZT                         4
12 Aaron Strong (NZl) Hot Cycles Auckland               2
13 Tim Gudsell (NZl) The Southland Times                2
14 Phillip Schneider (Swi) Meadow Fresh                 2
15 Fraser McMaster (NZl) Meadow Fresh                   2
 
Team classification
 
1 The Southland Times                            32.31.51
2 Meadow Fresh                                       9.35
3 Zookeepers Cafe                                   20.03
4 Winton's Middle Pub                               29.57
5 Hot Cycles                                        40.21
6 Calder Stewart                                    40.41
7 Rabobank                                          42.11
8 Wensleys Avanti                                   43.13
9 Cycle Surgery                                   1.01.24
10 Share The Road                                 1.15.26
11 Ascot Park Hotel                               1.39.19
12 Team MGZT                                      1.53.00
13 Allied SouthRoads                              1.55.26
14 Sycamore Print                                 2.10.45
15 Hilo Decorating                                2.19.22
16 Creation Signs                                 2.21.48
17 Southland Television                           2.44.42
18 Team Embassy - PNP                             2.50.57