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PowerNet Tour of Southland - 2.2

New Zealand, November 5-10, 2007

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Stage 6 - November 8: Lumsden - Crown Range, 133.9 km

Vennell takes another victory

By Nathan Burdon, The Southland Times

New Zealand's Jeremy Vennell (Bissell Pro Cycling Team) climbs to victory
Photo ©: Barry Harcourt
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Jeremy Vennell (Bissell Pro Cycling) won his second consecutive Tour of Southland stage this afternoon, but tour leader Hayden Roulston (Trek Zookeepers Café) has strengthened his hold on the yellow jersey. Vennell won the hill climb finish to the Crown Range lookout, with Trek Zookeepers' Roulston second and Southland Times rider Aaron Strong third.

The 133 kilometre stage began in sunny conditions in Lumsden and the day only improved as the PowerNet-sponsored tour moved away from the coast for the first time this week. Only 96 riders started the stage from the 125-strong field who started the race on Monday after three days of hard riding and sometimes horrendous weather conditions.

Logan Hutchings (Colour Plus) and Justin Kerr (Raboplus) made the early running before they were joined by Scott Wood (Benchmark Homes). By the time they reached the Devil's Staircase midway around Lake Wakatipu, the trio held a lead of nearly 90 seconds over the peloton.

At Frankton, Wilder got dropped from the breakaway but it wasn't long before the remaining two were caught by the peloton. Roulston attacked along with previous tour leader Reon Park (Colour Plus) and Adam Semple (Calder Stewart) from Australia.

When that break was shut down, Roulston attacked again, this time with Vennell and Colour Plus' Marc Ryan, the second placed rider in the tour. Ryan was dropped early in the climb up the Crown Range and with that threat safely nullified, Roulston was content to let Vennell ride away for his second stage win after he took out yesterday's afternoon stage from Tuatapere to Winton.

Roulston has increased his lead over Ryan to 1.28 minutes, with Logan Hutchings (Colour Plus) moving up to third place ahead of Gordon McCauley. Miles Watson (Share the Road) holds a big lead in the sprint standings from last year's green jersey winner Karl Murray (Raboplus), while Jeremy Yates (Subway) is the race's leading climber. Sixth placed Clinton Avery (Ascot Park Hotel) is the tour's leading under 23 rider.

Tomorrow's stage is considered the hardest on the tour. It covers 163 kilometres from Winton through to Te Anau and is often beset by strong cross winds. Two years ago it featured a "go slow" from much of the peloton after race officials decided to suspend part of the stage due to wind, but refused to adjust any times. The seventh stage also includes a protracted climb over the Blackmount hill which is the penultimate meaningful climb of the race.

Tomorrow's stage is being dedicated young Australian rider Scott Peoples who was killed while out training near the Victorian town of Merton just a month after winning two stages, including the Winton to Te Anau stage, on last year's tour.

The race, which now includes only 96 of the original 125 starters, will observe a minute's silence before the race in memory of Peoples, with a presentation to follow at the stage finish in Te Anau. The Southland Times team will also wear black armbands during the stage.

Photography

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Images by Barry Harcourt/www.southlandtimes.co.nz

Results

1 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling Team       3.14.56 (41.244 km/h)
2 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Zookeepers Cafe             0.25
3 Aaron Strong (NZl) The Southland Times                 0.44
4 Blair Martin (NZl) PFP - Calibre Cycles                1.00
5 Jeremy Yates (NZl) Subway                              1.14
6 Marc Ryan (NZl) Colour Plus                            1.18
7 Michael Grabinger (USA) Hilo Decorating                    
8 Adam Semple (Aus) Calder Stewart Pink Batts                
9 Reon Park (NZl) Colour Plus                                
10 Thomas Zirbel (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team              
11 Logan Hutchings (NZl) Colour Plus                     1.34
12 Brian Jenson (USA) Hilo Decorating                        
13 Eric Drower (NZl) Fulton Hogan                        1.49
14 Steve Tilford (USA) Hilo Decorating                   1.53
15 Miles Watson (NZl) Share The Road                     2.00
16 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team        2.03
17 Clinton Avery (NZl) Ascot Park Hotel                      
18 Gordon Mccauley (NZl) Trek Zookeepers Cafe            2.07
19 Silas Cullen (NZl) Preston Russell Law                2.32
20 Chris Macic (NZl) The Southland Times                 2.35
21 Tim Gudsell (NZl) Colour Plus                         2.38
22 James Williamson (NZl) Subway                         2.39
23 Omer Kem (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team               2.42
24 Joe Chapman (NZl) Creation Signs                      3.04
25 Alex Meenhorst (NZl) Ascot Park Hotel                 4.13
26 Joseph Cooper (NZl) Subway                            4.23
27 Tom Hanover (NZl) Ascot Park Hotel                    4.28
28 Michael Torckler (NZl) Trek Zookeepers Cafe               
29 Shane Archbold (NZl) Calder Stewart Pink Batts        4.32
30 Brad Carter (NZl) PFP - Calibre Cycles                4.36
31 Chris D'amelio (Aus) Prime Estate Buyers Agents       4.37
32 Graeme Stone (NZl) Gen-i/Savings & Loans              4.39
33 Ryan Wills (NZl) Calder Stewart Pink Batts            4.43
34 Scott Lyttle (NZl) The Southland Times                4.44
35 Brett Tivers (NZl) The Southland Times                4.47
36 Shem Rodger (NZl) RaboPlus                            4.54
37 Mark Langlands (NZl) Calder Stewart Pink Batts        4.59
38 Steven Elden (NZl) Benchmark Homes                    5.03
39 Aaron Lawson (NZl) Riverside Rentals                  5.09
40 Jason Barlow (NZl) Placemakers                        5.11
41 Mike Northey (NZl) The Southland Times                5.16
42 Michael Fitzgerald (Aus) Creation Signs               5.19
43 Chris Nicholson (NZl) Fulton Hogan                    5.21
44 Justin Ralph (NZl) Powernet                           5.34
45 Mathew Gorter (NZl) Powernet                              
46 Leon Hextall (NZl) Winton's Middle Pub                5.37
47 Roman Van Uden (NZl) Sycamore Print                   5.40
48 Matt Sillars (NZl) Preston Russell Law                    
49 James Gibson (NZl) Winton's Middle Pub                    
50 Ed Barrett (NZl) Benchmark Homes                      5.45
51 Curtis Gunn (USA) Hilo Decorating                     5.53
52 Samuel Eadie (NZl) Preston Russell Law                    
53 Charles Howlett (Aus) Sycamore Print                  5.58
54 Will Dickeson (NZl) Gen-i/Savings & Loans             6.17
55 Jonathan Atkinson (NZl) Riverside Rentals                 
56 Nathan Jones (Aus) Gen-i/Savings & Loans              6.20
57 Westley Gough (NZl) Colour Plus                       6.33
58 Sam Bewley (NZl) Trek Zookeepers Cafe                     
59 Scott Hodges (NZl) Placemakers                            
60 Jeremy Smart (NZl) Winton's Middle Pub                    
61 Nicholas Walker (Aus) Gen-i/Savings & Loans               
62 Aaron Anderson (NZl) Share The Road                       
63 Joshua England (NZl) Subway                           6.37
64 Karl Murray (NZl) RaboPlus                            7.07
65 Jack Bauer (NZl) Fulton Hogan                         7.41
66 Paul Odlin (NZl) Trek Zookeepers Cafe                 7.52
67 Joshua Barley (NZl) Benchmark Homes                   9.25
68 Christopher Klem (Aus) Sycamore Print                10.00
69 Justin Kerr (NZl) RaboPlus                           10.08
70 Eric Barlevav (USA) NOW MS Society                   10.11
71 Glen Frost (NZl) Riverside Rentals                   10.21
72 Lachlan Shannon (NZl) South West Helicopters         10.29
73 Jason Somerville (Aus) Sycamore Print                10.32
74 Nick Atkinson (NZl) Placemakers                      10.39
75 Brock Curry (USA) NOW MS Society                     11.06
76 James Fairweather (NZl) Calder Stewart Pink Batts    11.11
77 David Weston (NZl) Riverside Rentals                      
78 Michael Van Eerd (Ned) NOW MS Society                     
79 Sam Silver (USA) NOW MS Society                           
80 Andrew Jamieson (NZl) Placemakers                    11.19
81 Jonathan Stockwell (NZl) Cycling Southland           11.30
82 Nick King (NZl) Creation Signs                       11.56
83 Eliot Crowther (NZl) PFP - Calibre Cycles            12.23
84 Darrin Strahan (NZl) PFP - Calibre Cycles                 
85 Scott Ardern (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling Team          12.26
86 Joe Crooks (NZl) Winton's Middle Pub                 16.48
87 Justin Davis (Aus) Prime Estate Buyers Agents        16.52
88 Joel Lewis (Aus) Sycamore Print                      17.44
89 Travis Kane (NZl) South West Helicopters             18.09
90 Daryl Cleghorn (NZl) South West Helicopters          18.42
91 Eric Losak (USA) NOW MS Society                      19.02
92 David Ayre (NZl) Cycling Southland                   19.12
93 Brian Biggs (NZl) Winton's Middle Pub                19.34
94 Glen Rewi (NZl) Creation Signs                            
95 Scott Wilder (NZl) Benchmark Homes                        
96 Rodney Weinberg (NZl) Fulton Hogan                   19.41
97 Royce Newell (NZl) Cycling Southland                 23.11
 
General Classification after Stage 6
 
1 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Zookeepers Cafe         14.27.04
2 Marc Ryan (NZl) Colour Plus                            1.28
3 Logan Hutchings (NZl) Colour Plus                      2.56
4 Gordon Mccauley (NZl) Trek Zookeepers Cafe             3.13
5 Reon Park (NZl) Colour Plus                            3.56
6 Clinton Avery (NZl) Ascot Park Hotel                   4.33
7 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling Team          7.38
8 Tim Gudsell (NZl) Colour Plus                          8.24
9 Brian Jenson (USA) Hilo Decorating                    10.02
10 Miles Watson (NZl) Share The Road                    10.12
11 Omer Kem (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team              12.19
12 Aaron Strong (NZl) The Southland Times               13.11
13 Mark Langlands (NZl) Calder Stewart Pink Batts       13.14
14 Steve Tilford (USA) Hilo Decorating                  15.10
15 Thomas Zirbel (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team         15.25
16 Blair Martin (NZl) PFP - Calibre Cycles              15.42
17 Adam Semple (Aus) Calder Stewart Pink Batts          16.12
18 Silas Cullen (NZl) Preston Russell Law               17.50
19 Shem Rodger (NZl) RaboPlus                           18.51
20 James Williamson (NZl) Subway                        19.28
21 Roman Van Uden (NZl) Sycamore Print                  19.32
22 Brad Carter (NZl) PFP - Calibre Cycles               19.37
23 Shane Archbold (NZl) Calder Stewart Pink Batts       19.51
24 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team       19.54
25 Graeme Stone (NZl) Gen-i/Savings & Loans             20.06
26 Michael Grabinger (USA) Hilo Decorating              20.53
27 Westley Gough (NZl) Colour Plus                      21.18
28 Paul Odlin (NZl) Trek Zookeepers Cafe                21.52
29 Karl Murray (NZl) RaboPlus                           22.42
30 Ryan Wills (NZl) Calder Stewart Pink Batts           23.19
31 Eric Drower (NZl) Fulton Hogan                       24.03
32 Joe Chapman (NZl) Creation Signs                     24.18
33 Jeremy Yates (NZl) Subway                            25.25
34 Charles Howlett (Aus) Sycamore Print                 25.42
35 Alex Meenhorst (NZl) Ascot Park Hotel                25.49
36 Curtis Gunn (USA) Hilo Decorating                    26.41
37 Chris Macic (NZl) The Southland Times                28.21
38 James Fairweather (NZl) Calder Stewart Pink Batts    28.35
39 Joseph Cooper (NZl) Subway                           28.36
40 Scott Lyttle (NZl) The Southland Times               29.25
41 Brett Tivers (NZl) The Southland Times                    
42 Michael Torckler (NZl) Trek Zookeepers Cafe          29.56
43 Tom Hanover (NZl) Ascot Park Hotel                   30.40
44 Nicholas Walker (Aus) Gen-i/Savings & Loans          31.05
45 Chris Nicholson (NZl) Fulton Hogan                   31.06
46 Chris D'amelio (Aus) Prime Estate Buyers Agents      31.25
47 Mike Northey (NZl) The Southland Times               32.06
48 Steven Elden (NZl) Benchmark Homes                   33.58
49 Jason Barlow (NZl) Placemakers                       34.35
50 Scott Hodges (NZl) Placemakers                       34.43
51 Jack Bauer (NZl) Fulton Hogan                        34.48
52 Justin Kerr (NZl) RaboPlus                           35.59
53 Michael Fitzgerald (Aus) Creation Signs              36.34
54 Sam Bewley (NZl) Trek Zookeepers Cafe                37.10
55 Mathew Gorter (NZl) Powernet                         39.09
56 Eric Barlevav (USA) NOW MS Society                   39.50
57 Justin Ralph (NZl) Powernet                          43.09
58 Aaron Anderson (NZl) Share The Road                  43.37
59 Joshua England (NZl) Subway                          45.45
60 Jonathan Atkinson (NZl) Riverside Rentals            45.57
61 Samuel Eadie (NZl) Preston Russell Law               46.02
62 Nick Atkinson (NZl) Placemakers                      49.17
63 Nathan Jones (Aus) Gen-i/Savings & Loans             49.31
64 Glen Rewi (NZl) Creation Signs                       50.25
65 James Gibson (NZl) Winton's Middle Pub               50.47
66 Aaron Lawson (NZl) Riverside Rentals                 51.21
67 Eliot Crowther (NZl) PFP - Calibre Cycles            52.18
68 Matt Sillars (NZl) Preston Russell Law               54.06
69 Will Dickeson (NZl) Gen-i/Savings & Loans            56.35
70 Jeremy Smart (NZl) Winton's Middle Pub               57.26
71 Andrew Jamieson (NZl) Placemakers                    58.36
72 Christopher Klem (Aus) Sycamore Print                59.32
73 Jason Somerville (Aus) Sycamore Print                59.49
74 Leon Hextall (NZl) Winton's Middle Pub             1.01.51
75 Darrin Strahan (NZl) PFP - Calibre Cycles          1.01.55
76 Scott Ardern (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling Team        1.06.23
77 Nick King (NZl) Creation Signs                     1.06.29
78 Scott Wilder (NZl) Benchmark Homes                        
79 Lachlan Shannon (NZl) South West Helicopters       1.07.44
80 Ed Barrett (NZl) Benchmark Homes                   1.14.45
81 Sam Silver (USA) NOW MS Society                    1.20.33
82 Joel Lewis (Aus) Sycamore Print                    1.22.04
83 Jonathan Stockwell (NZl) Cycling Southland         1.24.15
84 Brock Curry (USA) NOW MS Society                   1.25.40
85 David Ayre (NZl) Cycling Southland                 1.26.04
86 Travis Kane (NZl) South West Helicopters           1.27.54
87 Justin Davis (Aus) Prime Estate Buyers Agents      1.28.47
88 Joe Crooks (NZl) Winton's Middle Pub               1.34.28
89 Joshua Barley (NZl) Benchmark Homes                1.37.28
90 Michael Van Eerd (Ned) NOW MS Society              1.38.21
91 Brian Biggs (NZl) Winton's Middle Pub              1.38.46
92 Eric Losak (USA) NOW MS Society                    1.40.34
93 David Weston (NZl) Riverside Rentals               1.52.53
94 Rodney Weinberg (NZl) Fulton Hogan                 1.53.51
95 Glen Frost (NZl) Riverside Rentals                 2.03.24
96 Daryl Cleghorn (NZl) South West Helicopters        2.08.53
97 Royce Newell (NZl) Cycling Southland               2.12.58
 
Sprint Classification
 
1 Miles Watson (NZl) Share The Road                        56 pts
2 Karl Murray (NZl) RaboPlus                               30
3 Marc Ryan (NZl) Colour Plus                              26
4 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling Team            20
5 Logan Hutchings (NZl) Colour Plus                        18
6 Eliot Crowther (NZl) PFP - Calibre Cycles                15
7 Joseph Cooper (NZl) Subway                               14
8 Justin Kerr (NZl) RaboPlus                               12
9 Brian Jenson (USA) Hilo Decorating                       11
10 Aaron Anderson (NZl) Share The Road                     11
11 Thomas Zirbel (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team            10
12 Alex Meenhorst (NZl) Ascot Park Hotel                   10
13 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Zookeepers Cafe               8
14 Jeremy Yates (NZl) Subway                                8
15 Curtis Gunn (USA) Hilo Decorating                        8
16 Joshua England (NZl) Subway                              7
17 Mark Langlands (NZl) Calder Stewart Pink Batts           7
18 Jonathan Atkinson (NZl) Riverside Rentals                7
19 Gordon Mccauley (NZl) Trek Zookeepers Cafe               6
20 Clinton Avery (NZl) Ascot Park Hotel                     6
21 Omer Kem (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team                  5
22 Aaron Strong (NZl) The Southland Times                   5
23 Will Dickeson (NZl) Gen-i/Savings & Loans                5
24 Glen Rewi (NZl) Creation Signs                           5
25 Charles Howlett (Aus) Sycamore Print                     5
26 Scott Wilder (NZl) Benchmark Homes                       5
27 Steven Elden (NZl) Benchmark Homes                       5
28 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team           4
29 Tim Gudsell (NZl) Colour Plus                            4
30 Michael Torckler (NZl) Trek Zookeepers Cafe              3
31 Reon Park (NZl) Colour Plus                              3
32 Westley Gough (NZl) Colour Plus                          3
33 Shane Archbold (NZl) Calder Stewart Pink Batts           3
34 Jason Barlow (NZl) Placemakers                           3
35 Mike Northey (NZl) The Southland Times                   2
36 Adam Semple (Aus) Calder Stewart Pink Batts              2
37 Nathan Jones (Aus) Gen-i/Savings & Loans                 2
38 Ryan Wills (NZl) Calder Stewart Pink Batts               1
39 Michael Fitzgerald (Aus) Creation Signs                  1
40 Scott Hodges (NZl) Placemakers                           1
 
Mountains Classification
 
1 Jeremy Yates (NZl) Subway                                28 pts
2 Omer Kem (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team                  22
3 Reon Park (NZl) Colour Plus                              16
4 Will Dickeson (NZl) Gen-i/Savings & Loans                16
5 Miles Watson (NZl) Share The Road                        16
6 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Zookeepers Cafe               14
7 Eliot Crowther (NZl) PFP - Calibre Cycles                12
8 Alex Meenhorst (NZl) Ascot Park Hotel                     8
9 Logan Hutchings (NZl) Colour Plus                         6
10 Aaron Strong (NZl) The Southland Times                   4
11 Justin Kerr (NZl) RaboPlus                               4
12 Adam Semple (Aus) Calder Stewart Pink Batts              4
13 Brian Jenson (USA) Hilo Decorating                       4
14 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling Team            2
15 Marc Ryan (NZl) Colour Plus                              2
16 Tim Gudsell (NZl) Colour Plus                            2
17 Ryan Wills (NZl) Calder Stewart Pink Batts               2
18 Charles Howlett (Aus) Sycamore Print                     2
19 Scott Wilder (NZl) Benchmark Homes                       2
20 Steven Elden (NZl) Benchmark Homes                       2
 
Teams Classification
 
1 Colour Plus                                        43.29.13
2 Trek Zookeepers Cafe                                   7.22
3 Bissell Pro Cycling Team                              15.59
4 The Southland Times                                   37.29
5 Hilo Decorating                                       37.34
6 Calder Stewart Pink Batts                             40.06
7 Ascot Park Hotel                                      52.25
8 RaboPlus                                              56.09
9 Subway                                                57.25
10 PFP - Calibre Cycles                               1.12.39
11 Gen-i/Savings & Loans                              1.21.44
12 Fulton Hogan                                       1.21.53
13 Creation Signs                                     1.29.16
14 Sycamore Print                                     1.34.43
15 Placemakers                                        1.41.23
16 Preston Russell Law                                1.48.11
17 Winton's Middle Pub                                2.28.13
18 Benchmark Homes                                    2.35.21
19 NOW MS Society                                     2.50.03
20 Riverside Rentals                                  2.57.36
21 South West Helicopters                             3.52.41
22 Cycling Southland                                  4.38.55

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