Vink has gained the previous two excursions and was twice second earlier than that. The thirst for victory stays robust and he had confirmed he can be again for one more crack.
“It was so particular to again up my title in 2019. I feel having gained the race in 2018, there was a little bit of stress, principally from myself as I needed to indicate it wasn’t a fluke,” he stated.
Solely a really choose few riders have gained three excursions in a row — Tino Tabak, Brian Fowler and, most just lately, Hayden Roulston.
Vink is aware of how vital a 3rd win can be, having grown up seeing Roulston because the king of the tour and a rider he all the time appeared as much as.
“I actually do not see myself as a Roulston, Fowler or Tabak, however that does not imply I do not suppose I can win three in a row.
“Yearly, each stage, it is nearly placing your finest foot ahead as you by no means know if you may want to tug a rabbit out of a hat, so it’s important to be prepared for something.
” It is not about attempting to win three in a row, however reasonably specializing in every battle to win the conflict,” he stated.
This 12 months Vink can be using for the Talley’s Transport Engineering Southland crew, which retains the core of riders and workers from his 2019 crew.
The Tour of Southland runs from November 1 to Noember 7, beginning with a crew time trial round Queens Park in Invercargill.