Invercargill rider Corbin Strong of the Skoda Fruzio team before starting stage two of the Tour of Southland in Riverton.

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Invercargill rider Corbin Sturdy of the Skoda Fruzio workforce ahead of beginning degree two of the Excursion of Southland in Riverton.

Corbin Sturdy dared to dream on Friday morning.

The 19-year-old sat 2nd within the 2019 SBS Excursion of Southland and contemplated the chance of finishing a drought.

A Southlander hasn’t gained the excursion since Doug Bathtub was once triumphant 25 years in the past within the 1994 race. Sturdy desires to finish that.

Corbin Strong of Invercargill and Team Skoda Fruzio on the podium claiming the pink under 23 jersey after on stage 4 of the 2019 Tour of Southland.

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Corbin Sturdy of Invercargill and Crew Skoda Fruzio at the podium claiming the red below 23 jersey after on degree four of the 2019 Excursion of Southland.

After 5 days of elegant racing this week he concept this 12 months may well be the 12 months that occurs.

* Vink pushes forward with nice experience in degree 5 of the excursion
* Any other spectacular climb by way of Mexican rider in Excursion of Southland
* Eder Frayre assaults early to take degree three within the Excursion of Southland
* Excursion of Southland 2019: International omnium champion Campbell Stewart takes yellow jersey

However in his personal phrases, the 2019 Excursion was once became on its head in degree 5 from Invercargill to Gore on Friday.

Invercargill rider Corbin Strong of team Skoda Fruzio wearing the pink Under 23 jersey during the 2019 Tour of Southland.

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Invercargill rider Corbin Sturdy of workforce Skoda Fruzio dressed in the red Below 23 jersey right through the 2019 Excursion of Southland.

Protecting champion Michael Vink made his transfer profitable the degree and claiming the yellow excursion chief jersey.

Sturdy completed 7min 21sec in the back of Vink and slid to 7th on the whole excursion standings.

A excursion win is now not likely heading into the general on Saturday, despite the fact that {the teenager} has already firmed his standing as one in all New Zealand biking’s maximum promising skills with what he has proven on Southland’s roads this week.

Southland rider Corbin Strong of team Skoda Fruzio finishing second up Bluff Hill during the 2019 Tour of Southland.

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Southland rider Corbin Sturdy of workforce Skoda Fruzio completing 2nd up Bluff Hill right through the 2019 Excursion of Southland.

“The excursion isn’t over till it is we experience into Gala St, however [victory] is taking a look not likely.”

“I will nonetheless be pushing for a most sensible 10 end, and I will have a crack profitable a degree [on Saturday].”

In many ways, Sturdy has been pleasantly stunned with what he has been in a position to ship this week.

“Getting into the week I used to be undecided how my highway shape can be. My center of attention has been extra at the observe, so I am pleased with my week regardless,” he mentioned.

“I would like to win this excursion at some point, optimistically subsequent 12 months I will have just a little extra center of attention at the highway main as much as it.”

Sturdy completed 10th as an 18-year-old in his first Excursion of Southland ultimate 12 months.

He sat simply in the back of Matt Zenovich regarding the most sensible Southland riders ultimate 12 months, however Sturdy appears to be like set to be the main house the city rider this 12 months.

Southland’s Tom Sexton does take a seat within the lead of the Dash Ace standings heading into the ultimate two levels on Saturday.

Sturdy will briefly transfer his center of attention from the street again to the observe after the general day of the Excursion of Southland.

He is a part of the New Zealand elite workforce named to go to Hong Kong for the International Cup meet beginning on November 29.

The 2019 SBS Excursion of Southland is scheduled to complete at about 3pm at Gala St in Invercargill on Saturday.

A time trial can be held in Winton on Saturday morning ahead of the riders get started the general degree from Winton to Invercargill at 1.30pm.

It’s going to be an emotional day as Bruce Ross steps down at Excursion of Southland race director after 30 years on the helm. Ross’ total involvement with the excursion stretches again to 1969.

Ross can be changed by way of Sally Marr.




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