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Tour of Southland - 2.5
New Zealand, November 3-8, 2003
Dean heads classy field for Tour of Southland
By Alan Messenger
The PowerNet Tour of Southland gets under way on Monday November 3 with one of the classiest fields in its 47 year history. Expat Kiwi Julian Dean heads the ninety strong field and he'll be out to show good form for his new bosses at Crédit Agricole.
Dean comes into the six day Tour with good form. He missed a start with Team CSC in the Tour de France, but won the USPRO Wachovia Classic in Trenton, New Jersey in June and in August the five stage Tour de la Region Wallonne in Belgium. More recently, the Kiwi sprinter beat Robbie McEwen in a stage of the Circuit Franco-Belge and finished second to the Aussie in another stage.
At Invercargill, Dean will line up with Gordon McCauley, Jeremy and Matt Yates and Heath Blackgrove in the Zookeepers Café team. McCauley is a previous winner of the Tour and is a three times winner of the New Zealand Road Championship. Jeremy Yates is a former World Junior Road Champion while Blackgrove is a major contender in his own right. Following on from a good season in Europe he won the National Road Championship last Sunday.
McCauley spelled out how he would feel about working for Dean in the Tour. "I'll be quite happy to put my body on the line for Jules down there," he said.
There will be plenty of riders in the international field keen to spoil the after tour party at the Zookeepers Café. Hayden Roulston is highly regarded as a young pro in Europe and his Winton Middle Pub team includes track star Greg Henderson and master tactician and eight times winner of the Tour Brian Fowler. Also in the field are two other previous winners, Scott Guyton and Glen Mitchell. Guyton won the final stage of the Sun Tour and Mitchell finished second in the National Road Race.
Last year's Tour was won by won by an American visitor John Lieswyn, and although he's not in the field this year, there will be an American team headed by seasoned pro Josh Horowitz. Also adding to the international flavour are two teams from Australia and a handful of overseas riders competing in composite teams.
The Tour has been one of New Zealand's major sporting events for many years and was first held in 1956. It began when a group of local cycling enthusiasts decided to stage a race as a "one off" to mark the Province Centennial. It's still going strong and over the years it has been won by most of the sports NZ big names including Warwick Dalton, Tino Tabak, Eric McKenzie, Brian Fowler, Jack Swart and Graeme Miller.
This year the Tour of Southland will cover 870km with 10 stages over the six days. It starts from Invercargill on Monday November 3 and finishes back in the city the following Saturday, November 8.
Winton's Middle Pub Zookeepers Café 1 Greg Henderson (NZl) 6 Julian Dean (NZl) 2 Hayden Roulston (NZl) 7 Gordon McCauley (NZl) 3 Hayden Godfrey (NZl) 8 Jeremy Yates (NZl) 4 Brian Fowler (NZl) 9 Matthew Yates (NZl) 5 Cameron Hughes (Aus) 10 Heath Blackgrove (NZl) The Southland Times Team MGZT 11 Glen Mitchell (NZl) 16 Robert Young (Aus) 12 Scott Guyton (NZl) 17 Simon Morcom (Aus) 13 Kirk Obee (USA) 18 Mikkeli Godfree (Aus) 14 Tim Gudsell (NZl) 19 Joel Pearson (Aus) 15 Marc MacKay (NZl) 20 Andrew Graham (Aus) Hilo Decorating Meadow Fresh 21 Josh Horowitz (USA) 26 Jason Allen (NZl) 22 Eddie Monier (USA) 27 Phillip Schneider (Swi) 23 Jonny Rondash (USA) 28 Robin Reid (NZl) 24 Ryan Yee (USA) 29 Fraser McMaster (NZl) 25 Robert Coble (USA) 30 Kris Gemmell (NZl) Sycamore Print Calder Stewart 31 Adam Tully (Aus) 36 Karl Murray (NZl) 32 Michael McGee (Aus) 37 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) 33 Michael Tolhurst (Aus) 38 Matt Gilbert (NZl) 34 Aaron Phillips (Aus) 39 Andrew Small (NZl) 35 Ryan Hoogenberg (NZl) 40 Aaron Rushden (NZl) Wensleys Avanti Rabobank 41 Peter Latham (NZl) 46 Stephen Collins (NZl) 42 Troy Klink (NZl) 47 Geoff Burndred (NZl) 43 Scott Allen (NZl) 48 Ross Machejefski (NZl) 44 Matt King (NZl) 49 Nicholas Kiralay (Aus) 45 Adam Curry (NZl) 50 Brendan Higgins (Aus) Cycle Surgery Creation Signs 51 Logan Hutchings (NZl) 56 Joseph Chapman (NZl) 52 Craig Thomson (NZl) 57 Anthony Chapman (NZl) 53 Scott Lyttle (NZl) 58 Ben Lowe (NZl) 54 Danny Hillary (NZl) 59 Ben Robson (NZl) 55 Paul Gough (NZl) 60 Daniel Blain (NZl) Ascot Park Hotel Hot Cycles Auckland 61 Matthew Randall (NZl) 66 Aaron Strong (NZl) 62 Jerard Stock (NZl) 67 Craig Pitt (NZl) 63 Travis Kane (NZl) 68 Paul Bishop (NZl) 64 Nicholas Atkinson (NZl) 69 Wayne Mason (NZl) 65 Stephen Wallis (NZl) 70 Stephen Elden (NZl) Team Embassy PNP Southland Television 71 Craig Lawn (NZl) 76 Daryl Cleghorn (NZl) 72 Paul Davies (NZl) 77 Graham Stone (NZl) 73 Gerard O 'Flynn (NZl) 78 Hayden Lawrence (NZl) 74 Garth Gregory (NZl) 79 Michael Crowther (NZl) 75 Jamie Thynne (NZl) 80 Steven Hands (NZl) Share The Road Allied SouthRoads 81 Jack Swart (NZl) 86 Ben Brears (NZl) 82 Lee Chapman (NZl) 87 Jordan Wood (NZl) 83 John Alabaster (NZl) 88 Dave Beadle (NZl) 84 Justin Kerr (NZl) 89 Paul Whitley (NZl) 85 Corey Winder (NZl) 90 Andrew Jamieson (NZl)
2002 John Lieswyn (USA) Winton's Middle Pub 2001 Karl Moore (NZl) Southroads 2000 Glen Mitchell 1999 Graeme Miller 1998 Scott Guyton 1997 Graeme Miller 1996 Gordon McCauley 1995 Brian Fowler 1994 Doug Bath 1993 Landrey Burt 1992 Brian Fowler 1991 Stuart Lowe 1990 Brian Fowler 1989 Brian Fowler 1988 Brian Fowler 1987 Brian Fowler 1986 Brian Fowler 1985 Brian Fowler 1984 Jack Swart 1983 Jack Swart 1982 Stephen Cox 1981 Stephen Cox 1980 Anthony Cuff 1979 Eric McKenzie 1978 Paul Jesson 1977 Wayne Perkinson 1976 Paul Jesson 1975 Chris Hogan 1974 Bruce Ramsey 1973 Michael Hughes 1972 Blair Stockwell 1971 John Dean 1970 David Gee 1969 Warwick Dalton 1968 Merv Davis 1967 Tino Tabak 1966 Tino Tabak 1965 Tino Tabak 1964 Malcolm Powell (Aus) 1963 Dick Johnstone 1962 Tony Walsh 1961 Warwick Dalton 1960 Gary Ulmer 1959 Warwick Dalton 1957 Tom Tindale 1956 Kelvin Hastie Past winners by Mario Stiehl, www.world-of-cycling.com