8 Nov 2008

Hayden Roulston wins Tour of Southland again

6:00 pm on 8 November 2008

The defending champion Hayden Roulston has finished strongly to win cycling's tour of Southland for the third year in a row.

Roulston was 17 seconds behind the leader Gordon McCauley at the start the eighth stage from Te Anau to Lumsden.

But the Olympic track cycling silver medalist began the final leg from Winton to Invercargill wearing the yellow jersey for the first time and finished it more than two minutes clear of McCauley.

Roulston says McCauley had quite a big lead of about two and half minutes early in the six day tour and it's great to win on the final day after a fantastic year.

Heath Blackgrove is third, Jeremy Yates is King of the Mountains and Canada's Dominique Rollin won the Sprint Ace title and the final stage.