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Steve Stannard wins Wellington-to-Auckland Cycle Challenge

From the Manawatu Standard:

Fresh off a gruelling week in the New Zealand Cycle Classic in Manawatu last month, Massey University’s Steve Stannard won the Wellington-to-Auckland Cycle Challenge, which finished in Pukekohe on Saturday.

After taking the yellow leader’s jersey on the first day, Stannard relinquished it for only one day before he got it back and kept it for the rest of the tour. He finished in the bunch in the final stage, more than a minute ahead of the second-placed rider. To top off his successful week, he won the King of the Mountains category, which had been his original target.

Apparently Steve was  doing it by himself with no help, having to ride from start to finish and then in between to the next start point.  Quite an amazing ride for him!