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Kennett's Tour updates Part 2
Nov 2nd, 12. Subway Pro Racing young gun Dylan Kennett continues his race in site from his first Tour of Southland,unfortunately Dylan had to retire after stage 4.
Stage 3 -
In this short stage from Riverton to Tuatapere My Subway team mates and I were very eager to make sure we got into the break, In the extremely windy conditions We tried very hard to force the break but after a lot of effort it just wouldn't happen.
A couple of my team mates had a few more cracks at getting away but were again brought back, pretty early on we were hit with very strong cross winds that looked very dangerous and split the bunch up a few times but it seemed to hold together until finally it got blown apart and again I got caught out only just.
I was about two wheels back from the part that split from the front, we tried hard to bridge back up but it took too long to form an echelon to start the job of bridging the gap, we stayed close till the front pulled away, I ended up losing just over a minute.
I had two team mates in the front group which was good.
Before this stage I found it quite painful to sit on the seat due to a few saddle sores which were starting to really effect my riding.
Stage 4 -
After I missed the split in the morning stage I was fired up to try and force the split in this stage and again I tried hard, this time pretty much from the gun with a few of my other team mates riding very aggressively too.
After a few attempts a break got away and it didn't have a subway rider in it. I was boxed in for a while but as soon as I worked my way out I got taken forward and got a sling shot off Paul Odlin and Ian Smallman and then worked on closing the gap of around 25seconds on my own.
I realized that this was gonna be tough and started struggling on and was relieved when I saw James Williamson started to make his move across, I eased up a bit and we worked together and quickly closed the gap.
By this stage the saddle sores were not going good for me at all and after the break got out to about 2mins lead I was missing laps and couldn't get comfy at all on the seat so I went back to the team car to pull the pin as I couldn't handle it any more.
They gave me some pain relief and told me to do my best to finish the stage....so I did by spending half of the rest of the way out of the seat. I drifted off the back with 20km to go and ended up about 6mins behind and that was to be the end of my tour after seeing the tour doctor.
"I enjoyed my 4 days of the tour and learned a lot"
PowerNet Tour of Southland - Sun Oct 28th to Sat Nov 3rd
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