Olympian Campbell Stewart scores Tour of Southland early


The peloton rounding up on Gala St.

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The peloton rounding up on Gala St.

The power star of Palmerston North’s Campbell Stewart was on display on the opening day of the 2021 SBS Bank Tour Southland tour.

The Olympic silver medalist and his Bolton Equities Black Spoke Pro Cycling team got off to a faultless start in difficult conditions, winning the prologue in the team time trial early in the afternoon before returning to Invercargill’s Queens Park and prepare Stewart for stage victory in the 42km street race. on the same route.

“The boys performed well and put me in a good position and I managed to come out in front and light it up for the finish,” Stewart, who took the place of the injured Aaron Gate and won the silver at the Omnium in Tokyo earlier this year. , noted.

“We’ve had guys pretty much in every move all day. We had Logan (Currie) up front for quite a while so that made my life easier. Looking at it, I knew it was a stage for me, and it’s a good way for us to start the tour, a few stages already, and I hope the rest of the week goes well.

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Stewart edged out under 23 riders George Jackson (Creation Signs-MitoQ) and Mitchel Fitzsimons (Creation Signs) for the stage victory, taking a 6-second bonus in the process, and ahead of three of his teammates by 6 seconds, with his closest rival, Ethan Batt (Transport Engineering Southland – Talleys) at 14sec.

Invercargill rider Hamish Keast wears the King of the Mountains jersey leading the pack on Gala St.

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Invercargill rider Hamish Keast wears the King of the Mountains jersey leading the pack on Gala St.

Logan Currie (Bolton Equities Black Spoke Pro Cycling) is the leader under 23, with Glenn Haden (Team Couplands) leading the over 35 category.

The Tour of Southland is the race where New Zealand’s top riders come to prove themselves and they got the chance to do so as strong winds and pouring rain rocked the peloton during the prologue and a frenzied first stage in style criterium, which was new in addition to this year’s course.

Campbell Stewart, of Cambridge, with the Bolton Equities Black Spoke Pro Cycling team, in the tour leaders' yellow jersey after winning the team time trial, then Stewart also won the finish of Stage 1 on Gala St.

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Campbell Stewart, of Cambridge, with the Bolton Equities Black Spoke Pro Cycling team, in the tour leaders’ yellow jersey after winning the team time trial, then Stewart also won the finish of Stage 1 on Gala St.

More innovations are planned for tomorrow with the addition of two sections of dirt for the 172km second stage from Invercargill to Lumsden.

Campbell Stewart, of Cambridge, with the Bolton Equities Black Spoke Pro Cycling team, in the tour leaders' yellow jersey after winning the team time trial, then Stewart also won the finish of Stage 1 on Gala St.

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Campbell Stewart, of Cambridge, with the Bolton Equities Black Spoke Pro Cycling team, in the tour leaders’ yellow jersey after winning the team time trial, then Stewart also won the finish of Stage 1 on Gala St.

The second gravel section includes a 5km stage up Glenure Hill and it’s something that was talked about a lot ahead of this year’s race.

“I hope I’m in good shape, I’ve been at MIQ for a few weeks so we’ll see if I’ve trained enough,” said Stewart.

Campbell Stewart of Cambridge, with the Bolton Equities Black Spoke Pro Cycling team, in the yellow tour leaders jersey (second from right) after winning the team time trial, then Stewart also took victory in the 'arrival of stage 1 on Gala St.

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Campbell Stewart of Cambridge, with the Bolton Equities Black Spoke Pro Cycling team, in the yellow tour leaders jersey (second from right) after winning the team time trial, then Stewart also took victory in the ‘arrival of stage 1 on Gala St.

“It’s great to be back at Invercargill for the Tour of Southland. It’s been a long season, but that crowns it all. We will enjoy the week and hope the weather improves a bit.

The 65th edition of the Tour of Southland continues through Saturday with eight stages across the province.

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